The minister of information, Lai Mohammed, has advised Atiku Abubakar not to appeal the verdict of the presidential election petition tribunal and apologise to Nigerians for distracting the government .
Okay.ng reports that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate at the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar, and upheld the election of Muhammadu Buhari.
Lai, reacting to the outcome in a statement on Thursday, issued by Segun Adeyemi, his media aide, stated that Nigerians would want the petitioners to join hands with the Buhari administration in taking the country to the next level.
The minister said that the PDP should be thanking its stars that it is not being prosecuted for “coming to court with a fraudulently-obtained evidence”.
He said: “Nigerians are tired of this orchestrated distraction, and will rather wish that the opposition, having lost at the polls and in
court, will now join hands with the government to move Nigeria to the next level.
”This is more so that the judgement validating the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari was unanimous that the petition lacked merit, that the petitioners failed to prove any of the grounds upon which their case was anchored and that President Buhari is eminently qualified to contest the poll.
”It is intriguing that a party that trumpets the rule of law at every turn will present, in open court, evidence it claimed to have obtained
by hacking into a supposed INEC server.
“Don’t they realise this is a criminal act for which they are liable? Instead of threatening to head to the Supreme Court, driven more by ego than commonsense, they should be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense of reasoning. Enough is enough.”