Presidential Election Tribunal: Presidency reacts as opposition party withdraws petition challenging Buhari’s victory
There is a mixed reaction in the presidency as one of the political party, The Coalition for Change, challenging the victory of president Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 presidential election, suddenly withdrew its petition at the Presidential Election petition Tribunal.
It was on report however that Obed Agu, C4C’s lawyer disclosed that the petitioners were no longer absorbed in prosecuting the matter.
In a statement read by Garba Shehu, the senior special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity disclosed that the presidency expresses their delight at the withdrawal of one of the four petition challenging the victory of president Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 presidential election.
The Presidency said it “commends the C4C following the withdrawal of its case through its lawyer, at the resumed hearing before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Monday.
“This is a sign of true patriotism. By accepting defeat with grace, the C4C has chosen to prioritize the stability of our country and the voice of the people.
‘Victory and defeat are part of elections. For some in the opposition, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is good, when they win. Where they lose, INEC is unreliable.
“The challenges facing our nation are huge and we need all hands on deck.
“The people of Nigeria have chosen President Buhari to lead them, and all stakeholders should deploy their energy towards supporting his efforts.”