Former President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the ruling of the Supreme Court that upheld President Bola Tinubu’s election while extending an olive branch to the opposition.
The verdict comes after a grueling eight-month legal battle in which the apex court dismissed appeals from Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement released by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, former President Buhari expressed his satisfaction with the Supreme Court’s decision, describing it as a welcome relief to both himself and the majority of Nigerian citizens. He applauded the judiciary for reaffirming the will of the majority of people against the determined will of a hard-fighting minority.
Buhari acknowledged the opposition’s resilience throughout the legal battle and urged them to embrace cooperation and unity. “Now that we have arrived at the last bus stop, after a tortuous 8 months of expensive legal journey, the nation deserves a break,” the statement read. “The opposition has fought a good fight. Having now exhausted their rights as constitutionally allowed, they should take the hand of fellowship extended by the Tinubu/Shettima and the APC government.”
The former president emphasized the importance of allowing the government to focus on running the administration and delivering on the promises made by the All Progressives Congress (APC). He urged the opposition to support the government’s efforts to provide the Nigerian people with the full benefits of those promises.
Expressing concern over low voter turnout percentages across the country, particularly in urban areas, Buhari called for a change in this trend. He highlighted the acceptance and vibrancy of democracy in Nigeria, urging citizens to actively participate in the electoral process.
In conclusion, Buhari conveyed his best wishes to President Tinubu and his administration, hoping for a successful term in office.
The Supreme Court’s decision brings a conclusive end to the election dispute, allowing the nation to move forward with its governance and democratic processes.