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General News of Thursday, 26 October 2023


PDP weeps as Supreme Court dismisses Atiku's appeal

Atiku Abubakar Atiku Abubakar

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the Supreme Court judgment in the petition filed by its flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar.

In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, the party noted that it is appalled by the verdict, saying that the apex court has disappointed Nigerians.

After the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election held on February 25, Atiku filed a petition against the declaration.

The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, having affirmed President Tinubu as the winner, Atiku went ahead to petition the Supreme Court.

However, the court upheld the PEPT judgment affirming Tinubu's victory.

The PDP on its part said it remains determined to pursue a “credible electoral system that can guarantee a government that truly derives its legitimacy from the people”.

The PDP’s statement partly reads:

"The PDP and indeed majority of Nigerians are alarmed, disappointed and gravely concerned with the reasoning of the Supreme Court.

"The PDP asserts that it is indeed a sad commentary for our democracy that the Supreme Court failed to uphold the provisions of the law. Instead, it trashed the expectation of majority of Nigerians who looked up to it as a Temple of Impartiality."

"Nigerians are still at a loss as to how the Supreme Court condoned the serious issues of forgery, falsehood and perjury on the altar of technicalities.

"The PDP remains undeterred and charges Nigerians not to be discouraged or allow the judgement to detract from their collective quest for the entrenchment of a credible electoral system that can guarantee a government that truly derive its legitimacy from the people."