THE Federal Government has asked Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to apologise to Nigerians for distracting the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration instead of heading for Supreme Court to appeal the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
The tribunal on Wednesday had dismissed the petitions of Atiku and its party that challenging the victory of president Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.
The PDP had rejected the Wednesday ruling saying it would pursue its case at the Supreme Court, Nigeria’s apex court.
But on Thursday, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture said Atiku and its party should accept the defeat, according to a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi and published on the Ministry’s Twitter handle.
The statement was issued in St Petersburg, Russian Federation.
The Minister urged the PDP and its candidate to drop their right in pursuing the “petition to the highest level” while reminding them there was a limit to “tomfoolery.”
”Nigerians are tired of this orchestrated distraction, and will rather wish that the opposition, having lost at the polls and in court, will now join hands with the government to move Nigeria to the next level,” he said.
Lai noted that Atiku and its party should be thanking their stars for not being prosecuted after they presented “fraudulently-obtained evidence” in court.
“It is intriguing that a party that trumpets the rule of law at every turn will present, in open court, evidence it claimed to have obtained by hacking into a supposed INEC server.
“Don’t they realise this is a criminal act for which they are liable?
“Instead of threatening to head to the Supreme Court, driven more by ego than commonsense, they should be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense of reasoning. Enough is enough, he said”