The Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) issued its long-awaited decisions on Petitions challenging the results of the presidential election held on February 25, 2023, yesterday, September 6, 2023. This decision was rendered within the timeframe specified by the applicable statutes. We recognise the Court’s contributions to the rule of law and the apparent effort to strengthen our democracy.
As petitioners in this case, we respect the Court’s opinions and rulings, but we disagree with the reasoning and conclusions in the Court’s decision. As permitted by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is my intention as a presidential candidate and the intention of the Labour Party to promptly appeal this judgement.
The PEPC has rendered a verdict, but this esteemed organisation is not the ultimate arbiter. Now, the responsibility lies with the Supreme Court. I am aware that judgement and justice are not synonymous. I implore Nigerians to remain focused, resolute, and tranquil; to adhere to the rule of law; and to recognise that this issue has not reached its logical conclusion.
Our legal department has already been instructed to file an appeal against the decision. I will not relent in my pursuit of justice, not necessarily for myself but for our throngs of supporters across the nation, whose mandate to us at the polls was regrettably cut short by INEC.
The strength and value of our democracy are derived from our confidence in strong national institutions. Electoral litigations will be almost unnecessary and nonexistent if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) discharges its statutory functions creditably, transparently, and with discernible fairness. When this body fails, as it did recently, thus subverting the will of Nigerian electors, recourse to the judiciary is required, as is the case at present.
I am grateful to every Nigerian who has supported our cause and campaign for a New Nigeria characterised by fairness, equity, justice, the rule of law, peace, prosperity, inclusivity, sustainable growth, and development. A New Nigeria is realisable and feasible. I am especially grateful to our legal team, the Labour Party, the Obedient Family, and everyone who regularly attended the court trials. God bless each of you and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.