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Tinubu hails tribunal for ruling in his favour, says Nigeria’s legal system is maturing

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Mr Bola Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has expressed satisfaction with the judgements delivered by Justice Haruna Tsamani’s five man election petition tribunal following the petitions filed by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party—LP, Mr Peter Obi and his PDP counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar challenging his victory.

NewsBand on Wednesday reported that tribunal after dismissing Obi and Atiku’s petitions upheld Tinubu’s victory as president.

However, speaking on the judgements, Tinubu in a statement by his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale said he “recognizes the diligence, undaunted thoroughness, and professionalism of the five-member bench, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani in interpreting the law.”

Part of the statement reads, “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday has assured Nigerians of his renewed and energized focus on delivering his vision of a unified, peaceful and prosperous nation, following the judgment by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.

“Mr Tinubu welcomes the judgment of the Tribunal with an intense sense of solemn responsibility and preparedness to serve all Nigerians, irrespective of all diverse political persuasions, faiths, and tribal identities.

“The president recognizes the diligence, undaunted thoroughness, and professionalism of the five-member bench, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, in interpreting the law.

“The president affirms that his commitment to the rule of law, and the unhindered discharge of duties by the Tribunal, as witnessed in the panel’s exclusive respect for the merits of the petitions brought forward, further reflect the continuing maturation of Nigeria’s legal system, and the advancement of Africa’s largest democracy at a time when our democratic system of government is under test in other parts of the continent.

“The president believes the Presidential Candidates and Political Parties that have lawfully exercised their rights by participating in the 2023 general elections and the judicial process, which followed, have affirmed Nigeria’s democratic credentials.

“The President urges his valiant challengers to inspire their supporters in the trust that the spirit of patriotism will now and forever be elevated above partisan considerations, manifesting into support for our Government to improve the livelihood of all Nigerians.

“Mr Tinubu therefore thanked Nigerians for the mandate given to him to serve the country while promising to meet and exceed their expectations, by the grace of God Almighty, and through very diligent hard work with the team that has been put in place for that sole purpose.”






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