Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has responded to the Supreme Court’s rejection of PDP’s lawsuit concerning the alleged double nomination of Kassim Shettima.
The apex court declared that the PDP lacked the legal standing to pursue the case. Justice Adamu Jauro, delivering the judgment, stated that the PDP had acted as an unauthorised party, referring to their involvement as unnecessary meddling thereby aligning itself with the lower court earlier decision.
Atiku Abubakar took to his verified Twitter account to express his reaction to the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the PDP’s case.
He emphasised that this setback did not deter his pursuit of justice. He affirmed that his legal team was fully prepared to substantiate their claim that the February 25th election was fraudulent, failed to adhere to constitutional requirements and the electoral guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission , and that the declared winner was not eligible to participate in the poll.
In his statement, he wrote:
“The Supreme Court’s dismissal of the @OfficialPDPNig case is not a setback in my quest for justice. Our legal team is ready to vigorously demonstrate that the election held on February 25th was fraudulent, in violation of constitutional requirements and @inecnigeria’s guidelines, and that the proclaimed victor was unqualified to contest the election.
“The battle for democracy and the establishment of a new order to stimulate Nigeria’s growth and development is one to which I am fully committed. I am not prepared to step away at this critical juncture when our nation stands at a crossroads. We trust that our respected Justices will soon deliver the pronouncement that will serve as a fitting requiem for those who manipulate mandates.
“I urge my supporters to exercise patience and maintain peaceful conduct as we diligently pursue our litigation at the Presidential Election Tribunal Court.”