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President Muhammadu Buhari/File Photo

President Muhammadu Buhari has said it is time for the country to move on following the Supreme Court ruling that dismissed an appeal against him.

Concise News had reported that the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the appeal brought to it by Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging Buhari’s win at the 2019 elections.

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Atiku challenged the outcome of the election at the tribunal which ruled in September 2019 against him and his party, the PDP.

While reacting to the Supreme Court’s ruling, Buhari who is in Saudi Arabia for the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference, was quoted by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, as saying that his victory has been settled since February.

“The President and Government of Nigeria do wish to extend our gratitude to former vice-president and his party for undertaking their campaign through protestations to the courts,” he said.

‘‘In this regard, they have conducted themselves in line with the laws of the country they sought to lead.

“Now, following this final legal bid before the highest court, it is time the country is afforded the right to move on – in the interest of all Nigerians – regardless of how they voted.”

The statement added that “The elected President and his Government now must be enabled to focus solely on addressing the issues that concern the country.

“From building economic empowerment and opportunities for the nearly 200 million Nigerians, 60 per cent of whom are youths bubbling with energy, to defeating the twin ills of terrorism and corruption, there is much work to do.”