Yesterday’s Supreme Court swift dismissal of Atiku’s appeal against ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal upholding Buhari’s victory in the last presidential election, has left the opposition in shock as well as many Nigerians who had hope for a different outcome.
However, while the lost battle is painful to the opposition, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said there’s no time to grieve over the loss, and that the APC and its supporters rather celebrate performance instead of engaging in wild celebration.
“This is a time for Mr President to run an inclusive government and strive to forge a true Nigerian nation and spirit,” said the Sokoto State Governor.
He continued, “Rather than encourage his supporters to engage in wild jubilation, this is a time for circumspection and rallying of Nigerians for the arduous task of tackling our huge developmental challenges” He noted that Atiku’s stance had contributed to advancing the nation’s democracy
“I urge our party members not to be dismayed. The legal way has a terminal stage. The verdict of the Supreme Court is final. In politics you win some, you lose some,” he stated.
“Since our dear presidential candidate chose the legal way, it is a clear indication of the fact that he is not a supporter of the resort to self – help, or violence, after all, power comes from God,” he said
Atiku in his reaction to the ruling, said his decision to seek justice in court was for the masses who had made known their position at the polls by rejecting the APC, but which a compromised electoral umpire and judiciary, had a final say.
He said the legal battle has come to an end, but that it is left for Nigerians to decide for themselves whether or not justice was served, and where things go from here.