Senate President Ahmad Lawan has called on Atiku Abubakar to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court on his petition against him (Atiku).
Concise News reported that the Supreme Court had on Wednesday struck out an appeal by Atiku who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 election challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s win on February 23.
While reacting to the ruling, Lawan in a statement, called on Atiku and the PDP to focus on working with Buhari to build the country.
“Now that the litigation is over, we should all rally as one people behind the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, in his commitment to building the great nation of our dream,” he said.
“The petitioners should gracefully accept the final verdict of our court of law while the winners should demonstrate magnanimity by extending the hand of fellowship to the opposition with a view to carrying all Nigerians along in the arduous task of nation-building.”
Also, the Speaker of the House of the Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila described the ruling as a victory for democracy.
In a statement, he said: “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces on his final electoral victory that was challenged by PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“It is my conviction that this final victory, which has never been in doubt since the conclusion of the election would allow the President to concentrate on his determination to champion good governance for the generality of Nigerians, the reason why he was voted for in the first place.
“I also congratulate our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the victory. This goes to show that the party has come of age in party politics and in putting forward the best hands that can and will take Nigeria to greater heights through the fulfilment of our Manifestos and support for government policies.”
He urged “Mr Atiku Abubakar, who has put to test our justice delivery system by contesting the election result from the lowest to the highest court, and the PDP to accept the judgment in good faith and in the spirit of sportsmanship and help the government in building a strong, prosperous and united Nigeria.
”I rejoice with President Buhari and our party, APC over this victory.”