The administration of President Bola Tinubu has pledged to collaborate with Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This was said on Friday night by Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, following the Supreme Court’s ruling that confirmed Tinubu as the election’s victor.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Court from September 6 was affirmed by the Supreme Court on Thursday.
The Supreme Court’s seven-member panel, presided over by Justice Inyang Okoro, denied the petitions that Atiku and Obi had filed against Tinubu.
In an interview with Punch, the minister stated that the President was still willing to collaborate with the opposition.
Idris when asked if Tinubu would be ready to work with both Atiku and Obi, said, “Since the President won this election, he has always invited people to come and join him for the good of Nigeria. Mr President is not the kind of person to say ‘I have become president, everybody should go away’. No. They (Atiku and Obi) are the ones that have not heeded that call.
“Anytime any of them is willing to join hands with the President, why not? The President is open and willing to accommodate everybody, irrespective of religious, social and political affiliation so that we can all join hands for Nigeria to go forward.”
Idris pointed out that the President had stated unequivocally that he will serve as President for all Nigerians, regardless of their partisanship, ethnicity, location, or religion.
He stated further, “The courts have spoken and the President and the governing party, the All Progressives Congress, have welcomed this judicial victory as pronounced. We thank the judiciary for the painstaking work that they have done and for rising to the occasion in fulfilment of their constitutional mandate as the final arbiters of electoral proceedings in the country.
“Now that the legal contest regarding the outcome of the presidential election is now behind us, it is time for all of us to come together and move forward, into a season of governing that is without distraction.
“These are indeed challenging economic times, not just for Nigeria, but also for many countries around the world, and all hands must be on deck to tackle the challenges confronting us.”
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