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Tinubu is unbothered, believing in the integrity of the courts — Presidency

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The Presidency has disclosed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is not concerned by the Presidential Election Petition Court’s decision on Wednesday since he knows he won the 2023 election.

On Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale stated that Tinubu believes in the sanctity and integrity of the judiciary and hence sees no reason to speculate ahead of Wednesday’s decision.

The election of Tinubu is being challenged by Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Earlier on Monday, the Registrar of the Court of Appeal, Umar Bangari, stated that the Tribunal will give judgements on the cases before it challenging Tinubu’s win as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the February 25, 2023 election.

“He (Tinubu) is not worried simply because he knows he won the election,” Ngelale explained.

“There is no need for the President to threaten judicial officers.” He finds no reason to cast doubt on court officials’ integrity; he believes in the sanctity and integrity of the Nigerian judicial system, and he believes the outstanding men and women on the panel will base their choices only on the facts before them.

“He will continue to ensure that no matter what the outcome of the judgement is, he does his part and ensures that our institutions continue to be respected, not just by him, but by all actors,” Ngelale added.

Meanwhile, Ngelale dispelled social media allegations that the federal government has joined the BRICs and the G-20.

He stated that, while there is an invitation to join the G-20, the presidency is now weighing the merits of membership in the gathering of the world’s top economies.

“There are very broad and extensive consultations taking place within the government,” he said. We are weighing the risks and rewards of joining the G-20. We are extremely convinced that if our administration adopts the prudent stance of applying to become a member of the G-20, we would be accepted with flying colours.

“Contrary to popular belief, we have not applied to the BRICS. As of today, we have not applied to the BRICs or the G-20. Our study is based on factual data. It is not motivated by sentiment or emotion. It is a question of whether it will serve the national interest of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s economy. That is the conclusion we have reached.

“We’re still looking into it.” It is worth noting that the host country, India, has extended a particular invitation to us to participate in this. But, look, we want to make it obvious to our people that this isn’t just about theatrics or a superficial understanding of geopolitics. This is a black-and-white drive of investment in order to ensure that our people can work in the country.”

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