The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, and Peter Obi, the running mate of Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 presidential election, has reacted to the ruling of the Supreme Court on the appeal of his principal against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari.
KanyiDaily had reported that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Mohammed-led seven-man panel took the decision by dismissing the appeals filed by Atiku challenging the victory of President Buhari at the February 23 election.
Obi who spoke just minutes after the Supreme Court threw out the appeal by Atiku, thanked Nigerians for their support.
He recalled that the victory of President Buhari was challenged because the PDP believed that the election was flawed. Obi said:
“My reaction is first, to most sincerely thank all Nigerians who have followed the election and voted. I again thank them for this court process,” he said.
Tl”Our reason for coming to court is because we believe that the election…the result was not the result of lawful votes cast. But the process has come to the end. I thank all those who were involved – the lawyers, the judges, all of you, the Fourth Estate.
“This election and the judgement are not about President Buhari or His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. It is about the future of our country and what we are going to bequeath on our children. It is about our country.”
Secondus who reacted in a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, said that Nigeria is in such an untidy state that only God can bail her out.
He said the commitment of Nigerians to democracy and its tenets, “despite inhibiting factors,” is worthy of emulation and highly commendable.
“We thank you for your support for PDP, for your commitment to democracy.
“Nigerians know that you voted PDP, even APC knows that you rejected them on February 23, 2019.
“International community knows you voted for PDP. If Supreme Court of seven justices says otherwise, leave it to God, the ultimate Judge.”
He also commended journalists for their commitment to democracy and good governance in Nigeria and urged them not to relent in their roles of holding politicians accountable to the people.