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General News of Thursday, 26 October 2023


Atiku, Obi told what to do after Supreme Court upheld Tinubu's victory

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi

Festus Keyamo (SAN), the minister of aviation and aerospace development, has advised the opposition parties whose appeal was dismissed at the Supreme Court to call and congratulate President Bola Tinubu.

Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court affirmed President Tinubu as the winner of the February election.

Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party appealed the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, at the Supreme Court.

After months of deliberations, the apex court affirmed Tinubu's victory.

Reacting to Tinubu's win, Festus Keyamo urged Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar to call and congratulate the President.

He noted that this move will show that the opposition leaders are “true patriots”.

Keyamo wrote on his verified X (formerly Twitter) handle on Thursday, October 26:

“By the judgment of the Supreme Court today, the laymen prowling all over the social media can now clearly see that there is a wide chasm between emotions and law. These were Election Petitions pursued with unnecessary venom and hatred by most of those involved. Today, they have learnt a bitter lesson that such venom, hatred and sentiment have no place in judicial proceedings and deliberations. Their journey has come to a grinding end.

"We had consistently made the same points to the opposition, but they kept giving their supporters false hopes and goading them in the wrong direction. Unfortunately for them, all the vituperations poured out against the judiciary actually cut no ice with it. Our Justices are always firm, courageous and cerebral. Kudos to them. What is now left is nation-building.

"The other Presidential candidates must now call President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and congratulate him as true patriots. We as patriotic citizens must also now close ranks to help steer our country in the right direction. I wish all of us well."