By Olugbenga Salami
Following Thursday’s verdict by the Supreme Court affirming President Bola Tinubu’s election, the Minister of Police Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, has declared that the president has ability to steer Nigeria towards greater prosperity and progress.
Congratulating the president in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, Gaidam described the Supreme Court’s verdict as “a resounding affirmation of the will of the electorate.”
The minister, who was the immediate past governor of Yobe State, commended the Nigerian people for their unwavering support and for turning out in large numbers to vote for President Tinubu during the February 25 presidential elections.
He also hailed the Supreme Court “for upholding the decision made by the electorate”, saying “this verdict not only validates the people’s trust in President Tinubu’s leadership, but also reaffirms the strength of our democratic institutions.”
He, therefore, called on all political parties and stakeholders to unite and rally behind President Tinubu, emphasizing the need to set aside partisan differences and working together to advance the country, in alignment with the President’s visionary “Renewed Hope” agenda.
While expressing confidence in the President’s ability to make Nigeria great, he pledged his unwavering support and urges all Nigerians to join hands in building a brighter future for our nation.
It would be recalled that the Supreme Court had on Thursday dismissed the appeal by former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, seeking to nullify the February 25 election of President Bola Tinubu.
In the notice of appeal, Atiku had urged the apex court to dismiss and set aside the September 6, judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Court, PEPC, which affirmed the victory President Tinubu.
A seven-man panel of Justices led by John Okoro Inyang, in determining the first issue for determination, held that failure to transmit election results electronically did not affect the outcome of the election and could not warrant the nullification of presidential election.
The apex court also stated that Atiku did not produce alternative results of the presidential election that showed he won majority number of votes cast to rebuff the one declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
It resolved all the seven issues distilled for determination in favour of Tinubu, stating that the appeal lacked merit.