Buhari Group Urges Atiku, PDP not to Challenge Judgement

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar not to appeal the judgement of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that upheld the election of president Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement on Wednesday co-signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke,the group described the Petition of Atiku and the PDP as frivolous.

“It was glaring to everyone, aside from PDP elements, that the petition challenging the overwhelming electoral victory of President Muhammadu Buhari was not only frivolous but also useless as Festus Keyamo famously said soon after the case was filed.

“However, the Tribunal has now further shown how ridiculous the electoral challenge was and made it clear that the President was duly qualified to contest in the February 23, 2019 election in the first place, on the basis of educational qualification and professional attainment.

“To quote the panel directly, it said President Buhari ‘is not only qualified but also eminently qualified’ to stand for election. This is a direct message to naysayers.

“And to make matters worse for the petitioners, the Tribunal questioned the sense in querying the President’s assertion that his certificates were with the Army even when the Army authorities alluded to it when the matter was brought up in 2015, and even went further to quote the President’s grades in the subjects he sat for.

“It is also worthy of note that the Justices were emphatic in brushing aside claims by the petitioners that results were transmitted through electronic means to a server at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

The group advised Atiku Abubakar to take the judgment in good faith and refrain from proceeding to the Supreme Court.

“We acknowledge that it is within the right of the opposition to go to the Supreme Court but we hope that the former Vice President would see the handwriting on the wall and accept that he lost the election fair and square.”

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