BEVERLY HILLS, June 10, (THEWILL) – The Presidency in a statement Monday expressed delight at the withdrawal of one of four petitions challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 2019 election.
The Presidency commended the Coalition for Change (C4C) following the withdrawal of its case through its lawyer, at the resumed hearing before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Monday.
Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesman, said: “This is a sign of true patriotism. By accepting defeat with grace, the C4C has chosen to prioritize the stability of our country and the voice of the people.
“Victory and defeat are part of elections. For some in the opposition, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is good, when they win.
Where they lose, INEC is unreliable.
“The challenges facing our nation are huge and we need all hands on deck.
“The people of Nigeria have chosen President Buhari to lead them, and all stakeholders should deploy their energy towards supporting his efforts.”
The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar are challenging Buhari’s election and have urged the electoral tribunal to instead declare Atiku winner.