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Opposition party in Nigeria to appeal court decision on election results

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Opposition party in Nigeria to appeal court decision on election results
Nigeria's main opposition party, the PDP, has announced plans to appeal a court decision rejecting their request to contest the results of the February elections. PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar believes he did not receive justice and hopes that the Supreme Court will review the resolution. Meanwhile, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has welcomed the ruling and called for collective efforts to build the nation.

Abuja - Nigeria's main opposition party, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), has vowed to appeal a court decision rejecting their request to contest the results of the February elections, which brought Bola Ahmed Tinubu to power, as reported by Lusa.

The PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has instructed his legal team to appeal the sentence, believing that he did not "receive justice" and hoping that the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to review the resolution.

"Fortunately, the constitution gives us the right to appeal. This is a court of first instance. This is a fight not for our client, but for the constitution and democracy," said one of Abubakar's lawyers.

"We had hoped for a result that would improve and encourage the use of technology to enhance electoral management and transparency in the country," lamented Chris Uche.

In contrast, the President "welcomed" the court's decision and called for "collective efforts to build the nation," while emphasizing his "intense sense of solemn responsibility and readiness to serve all Nigerians, regardless of diverse political tendencies, beliefs, and tribal identities."

The Head of State assured Nigerians of a "renewed and vigorous focus on achieving the vision of a united, peaceful, and prosperous nation", praised the "diligence, unwavering rigour, and professionalism of the court" in interpreting the law, and underscored the "commitment to the rule of law and the absolute fulfilment of duties."

Tinubu considered that the judges demonstrated "the continued maturity of Nigeria's legal system and the progress of Africa's largest democracy, at a time" when the "democratic system of government is being tested in other countries on the continent," referring to the recent coup d'états in some countries in the region, such as Gabon or Niger.

Tinubu's predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, hailed the decision, believing that the court "made history" by rejecting "intimidation" and other forms of "prejudice" in order to deliver justice, in accordance with the law, to the majority decision of the citizens, according to the Nigerian newspaper Leadership.

The five judges of the Abuja Court Appeal had been deliberating for months on a series of legal actions filed by the PDP and the Labour Party, alleging fraud and irregularities.

No court has nullified a presidential election since Nigeria's return to democracy after the military regime in 1999.

Around 25 million Nigerians voted in late February, in an election marred by delays in vote counting and serious failures in the electronic transfer of results, leading voters and the opposition to denounce "massive fraud."

At the end of the ballot, in the most populous country in Africa, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of Lagos, Tinubu, 71, was declared the winner with 37% of the votes. CNB/JM

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