The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, to apologize to Nigerians following the pronouncement made by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday.
Lai Mohammed said that Atiku and PDP should apologise for willfully distracting the Buhari Administration with a frivolous election petition instead of appealing the ruling of the Tribunal.
The Minister made this known in a statement issued in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, on Thursday where he advised the opposition to concentrate in joining hands with the ruling party to move the country to the next level rather than bringing distraction The nation reports.
”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.
”This is more so that the judgement validating the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari was unanimous that the petition lacked merit, that the petitioners failed to prove any of the grounds upon which their case was anchored and that President Buhari is eminently qualified to contest the poll,” he said.
He lambasted the party for the criminal manner with which they claim to have obtained the claimed document from a so called INEC server and told them that they should be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense of reasoning, instead of threatening to go to Supreme 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 realize 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.
The Minister expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their massive support to APC and the re-election of Buhari.
”We also thank Nigerians, who voted massively to re-elect President Buhari, for their continued support,” he said