The Presidency has come up with idea of the best roles the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be playing henceforth after the Supreme Court ruling on its petition against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Now it is time for the PDP to take up the service mandated by this election.
“The legislative agenda of the ninth assembly is ambitious in both size and scope. It is critical the opposition is there to scrutinise bills and policies, rather than preoccupy themselves with unsustainable court cases.”
In a statement today, November 15 reacting to the ruling of the Supreme Court which affirmed the earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal, the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said: “we appreciate the PDP and their candidate for taking these claims to courts rather than expressing them in other ways, but now Nigeria needs a robust and rigorous opposition. The nation needs to move on.”
The presidency commended the courts for affirming this electoral victory and courage of the bench to arrive at the right conclusion “given manifest and subtle pressures to do otherwise-the reality is that courts were convinced by arguments from the lawyers representing the APC and its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari that results reflected the true wishes of a majority of our citizens.
“President Buhari won four million more votes than his closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the February poll.”
The statement stressed that no serious electoral observers have challenged this result, adding that now that the Supreme Court has explained why the PDP appeal is unsubstantiated, “we hope this finally puts the matter behind us. We should now grasp this moment to move forward – together.”