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Reactions Trail Presidential Election Petition Tribunal's Ruling

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Reactions Trail Presidential Election Petition Tribunal's Ruling
Reactions have begun to trail the ruling of the 5-member judicial panel in favor of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the presidential election petition tribunal. A-list election observer, Hamzat Lawal, commended the judges for their straightforward and unambiguous ruling. He also advised the opposition to unite and provide alternative ideas and solutions in order to challenge Tinubu in the next election.

FCT, Abuja - The recent ruling of the 5-member judicial panel at the presidential election petition tribunal in favor of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has sparked a wave of reactions across the country. The tribunal's decision came after the opposition parties failed to substantiate their claims of electoral malpractice against President Tinubu in the February election.

Renowned election observer, Hamzat Lawal, CEO of Connected Development (CODE), shared his thoughts on the ruling in an exclusive interview with Legit.ng. Lawal praised the judges for their expertise and adherence to the rule of law, stating, "These are very fine, seasoned judges with many years of experience who look at evidence closely. Social media fake news propaganda would not do the judgment or sway judgment. For me, I think the rule of law would always prevail."

Lawal also addressed concerns regarding the preparedness of the petitioners, suggesting that the limited timeline they had to present their case at the tribunal may have affected their ability to effectively challenge Tinubu's victory. He urged the main petitioners, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), to set aside their differences and work together to provide alternative ideas and solutions that would present a formidable challenge to Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the next election.

"I think they need to put aside their ego and differences, put Nigerians first, and provide alternative ideas and solutions that would challenge Tinubu on his toes for it. If they continue this way, Tinubu would continue to defeat them and defend them in the second coming election," Lawal emphasized.

The ruling by the presidential election petition tribunal reinforces the unassailability of presidential election results in Nigeria since 1999. Despite the opposition parties' attempt to challenge Tinubu's victory, their claims of electoral malpractice were allegedly not substantiated. This further solidifies Tinubu's position as the elected President of Nigeria.

As the nation absorbs the tribunal's ruling, it is expected that the opposition parties will reflect on their strategies and regroup for the next challenge. Whether they can put aside their differences and present a united front remains to be seen, but in order to upstage President Tinubu and the APC, they will need to provide tangible alternative ideas and solutions that resonate with the Nigerian population.

The next election will undoubtedly test the strength of the opposition's resolve and their ability to present a credible alternative to the ruling party. Only time will tell if they can rise to the occasion and bring about the desired change.

Source of content: OOO News 2023-09-07 News

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