By Abubakar Yunusa
Following the judgment by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called for collective efforts to build the country.
He also thanked Nigerians for the mandate given to him to serve our 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.
Tinubu made the call through a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, assuring Nigerians of his renewed and energized focus on delivering his vision of a unified, peaceful, and prosperous nation.
According to him, Tinubu welcomes the judgment of the Tribunal with an intense sense of solemn responsibility and preparedness to serve all Nigerians, irrespective of diverse political persuasions, faiths, and tribal identities.
The statement partly reads: “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 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 reflecting 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 being tested in other parts of the continent.
“The President believes that the Presidential Candidates and Political Parties that have lawfully exercised their rights by participating in the 2023 general elections and the judicial process that followed have affirmed Nigeria’s democratic credentials.
“The President urges his valiant challengers to inspire their supporters with the trust that the spirit of patriotism will now and forever be elevated above partisan considerations, manifesting support for our Government to improve the livelihood of all Nigerians.