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Atiku; After Supreme Court Judgment

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ElevateNews takes a look at various reactions after the Supreme Court judgment on the 2019 presidential election petition.

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammad Tanko described in few words the dismissal of the election petition by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in February 2019.

Tanko who led other judges said that the appeal filed by Atiku and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP lacked merit and had to be thrown out. Atiku lost at both the appellate and apex courts of the land, ending his presidential effort to claim the position already occupied by the incumbent.

Litigation has permeated our democracy in the last 20 years. There have been winners through the court and losers as well. No one should blame the court the way this has turned out to be. No matter how, it is the judiciary that has the last say in this matter, except God the ultimate judge.

For, God, judgment is unpredictable and it may not come at the human time. One could say that the current president also passed through judicial trauma.

God crowned him at HIS own time. Buhari hardly congratulated those who beat him to clinch the number one seat in Nigeria. However, this is his turn to reign.

Nevertheless, I expected Atiku to congratulate Buhari but instead, the PDP presidential candidate is still seeking the views of Nigerians about the Supreme Court verdict. He said, “I left the judgment by the Supreme Court for Nigerians to judge.”

Nigerians will not judge the court, they will only criticize, which of course will change nothing. As Senator Ben Murray-Bruce put it, “The Supreme Court has spoken, and as the highest court in the land, we cannot but accept its verdict. I congratulate President @MBuhari.

He posited that attention should be focused on healing the nation, adding, “There will be a contest in 2023, but now we need to grow the economy and eradicate poverty”.

Bruce is a keen supporter of Atiku and to him, there is a need to concentrate more on how to build a better nation instead of dissipating energy arguing the outcome of electoral litigations.

Atiku can still contest if he so wishes in 2023. He has the right to do so.

But to the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo, the PDP candidate, Atiku has not shown that he is a democrat by refusing to congratulate Buhari after the Supreme Court judgment.

As he put it, “A man who claims to be a democrat refuses to congratulate the winner of an election, even after highest court affirmed it. Rather, he takes a swipe at ALL democratic institutions. That’s the hallmark of a bad loser. It appears the DUBAI STRATEGY turned out to be the DUBAI TRAGEDY

In his view, the former Minister of Aviation and another PDP chieftain, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said “The Bible says “be still and know that I am God!” Buhari may have “won” in the Supreme Court of man but he has lost in the Supreme Court of God.

Let us wait and see how things unfold but one thing I am sure of is that the Egyptians we see today, we shall see them no more!

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