Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, an Igbo sociocultural group, responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday, which upheld Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s victory in the presidential election held on February 25.
As previously reported by Anaedoonline.ng, the PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party’s Peter Obi had their petitions filed before the apex court, but they were dismissed on the grounds that they were without merit and could not be used as justification to void the results of the presidential election.
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, Ohanaeze called on the embittered presidential contenders to concede the court’s decision and extend congratulations to the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominee in a statement released on Thursday night through its Secretary General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro.
The Igbo group stated that the court’s decision was in the best interests of maintaining national unity and that Obi and Atiku ought to offer the President Tinubu-led administration all of their support and encouragement in its ongoing efforts to improve the nation’s standard of governance by enacting significant economic reforms.
Ohanaeze pointed out that the landmark ruling by the nation’s highest court formally ends the legal battle that had been brought about by the results of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) concluded presidential election on February 25, 2023.
The jurists’ thorough investigation and impartial verdict in the post-election litigation were applauded by the pan-Igbo organisation.
“The verdict reinforces the credibility and integrity of our democratic institutions and, as well, highlights the importance of upholding the rule of law and the will of the people.
“In light of this outcome, Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls upon the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Mr Peter Obi of the LP to emulate the historic gesture of former President Goodluck Jonathan, who congratulated and supported the immediate past Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, after the 2015 election.
“We urge them to reach out to their main political opponent in the 2023 election, President Tinubu, and extend their congratulations on his victory in the Supreme Court.
“This gesture of sportsmanship and magnanimity is crucial in fostering unity, healing divisions, and setting a positive example for their supporters,” the statement read.
Ohanaeze encouraged President Tinubu to show generosity in the face of success and congratulated him on the reaffirmation of his win.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Obi and Atiku filed separate lawsuits with the supreme court to challenge the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, which had previously confirmed Tinubu’s election victory.
Nevertheless, the pair faced another setback today at the Supreme Court.
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