Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nominee for president in the 2023 election, discussed the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday.
If the Supreme Court rules that crime is morally right and should be rewarded, Atiku claimed Nigeria has lost it.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the Supreme Court upheld President Bola Tinubu as the victor of the February presidential election on Thursday, dismissing Atiku’s claims about the 2023 presidential election due to their lack of merit.
The academic records of the President from Chicago State University, which Atiku attempted to present as additional proof to support his accusation of certificate forgery against the former governor of Lagos, were rejected by a seven-member panel chaired by Justice Inyang Okoro.
The lead judgement that dismissed Atiku’s appeals was concurred with by the other justices on the court, including Emmanuel Agim, Adamu Jauro, Mohammed Garba, Ibrahim Saulawa, Uwani Aji, and Abubakar Tijjani.
In a Monday press conference in Abuja, Atiku asserted, however, that Nigeria was the greater victim of the court’s decision.
He said, “Someone asked me what I would do if I lost my election petition appeal at the Supreme Court. In response, I said that as long as Nigeria won, the struggle would have been worth the while. By that, I meant that the bigger loss would not be mine but Nigeria’s if the Supreme Court legitimizes illegality, including forgery, identity theft, and perjury.
“If the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, implies by its judgment that crime is good and should be rewarded, then Nigeria has lost and the country is doomed irrespective of who occupies the Presidential seat. If the Supreme Court decides that the Electoral umpire, INEC, can tell the public one thing and then do something else in order to reach a corruptly predetermined outcome, then there is really no hope for the country’s democracy and electoral politics.
“Obviously, the consequences of those decisions for the country will not end at the expiration of the current government. They will last for decades. I am absolutely sure that history will vindicate me. We now know what the Supreme Court has decided.”
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