The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed optimism that the Supreme Court and justices in Nigeria will allow “lady justice” have “full reign” when petitions are brought before them.
This online news platform understands that Abubakar is in court challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 Presidential election in the country.
Naija News recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared President Buhari who participated in the election on the platform of the APC, winner of the February 23 Presidential election.
The commission had said figures from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) gave Buhari 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.
Challenging the results at the election tribunal in his 139-page petition, Abubakar said the results from INEC server showed he polled 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari who had 16,741,430 votes.
Should the former President lose at the tribunal, he would head to the Appeal Court and later to Supreme Court if he is not satisfied with the judgement of the Court of Appeal.
on the possibility of his petition arriving the Supreme Court, Abubakar expressed hope that the “Supreme Court and our Lords Justices will let Lady Justice have full reign in other petitions that will come before them, and that good conscience, fear of God and the rule of law will prevail.”
The former Vice President added that “in so doing, they will write their names for good on the sands of time and avoid the infamy that oppressors wish to thrust on them as their legacy.”
Speaking further, Abubakar said: “God first, Nigeria second, must be our priority as trustees of the people,” noting that “when justice prevails, the people rejoice, chains are broken, freedom is multiplied and society is enriched.”