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Politicians, traditional rulers, religious leaders, others react to Supreme Court’s judgement

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Following the decision of the Supreme Court upholding the electoral victory of President Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress candidate in February 25th, 2023 notable politicians, traditional rulers, religious leaders and thought leaders have shared their thoughts on the issue.
Speaking on the development, the Deputy Senate President, Barau said the decision of the apex court which marks the end of all litigations concerning the Presidential polls was a victory for democracy.
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In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Ismail Mudashir, Jibrin described the judgement as “a victory for democracy” while urging the appellants to join hands with the President to address the challenges facing the country.
“I commend the justices of the Supreme Court for upholding the verdict of the Nigerian electorate who voted for President Tinubu during the presidential election.
“It is now time for all to team up with the president to actualise his lofty programmes and policies for the development of our country as captured in the Renewed Hope Agenda.”
Similarly, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje and civil society groups under the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative on Thursday applauded the Supreme Court decision which upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the last presidential election.
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Reacting to the development Ganduje, in his statement said the judgment has laid to rest all claims by the opposition that the votes at the presidential poll were manipulated in favour of President Tinubu.
According to him, the outcome of the Supreme Court verdict would now pave the way for President Tinubu to concentrate on implementing the Renewed Hope mandate of the APC for the benefit of Nigerians.
Ganduje called on Atiku and Obi to bury their hatchets and join hands with President Tinubu to reposition the country towards sustainable growth and development.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us. It is our responsibility as patriots to pool our resources together to move the country forward. I congratulate both Atiku and Obi for their dogged fight to extend the frontiers of our democracy and law.
Also, the Kaduna state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev John Joseph Hayab, has appealed to Nigerians to unite and build a stronger country with the new administration.
Rev Hayab in a statement stated that “now that our highest court has ruled according to our laws, any unhealthy debate and character assassination amongst political parties and supporters of political office seekers  should stop and give room for healing, restoration and Unity for development.”
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According to him, ” no Nigerian should allow himself or herself  to be used to divide the country based on political differences, but unite and support the person the Supreme Court has confirmed for  development to thrive in the country.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling that dismissed the petitions challenging President Bola Tinubu’s election.
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 Akeredolu hailed the verdict as a triumph for democracy and a testament to the overwhelming support given to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Tinubu by the majority of voters.
The governor noted that the arduous 8-month legal journey has enriched the nation’s jurisprudence and deepened the democratic values.
Akeredolu said “The Supreme Court’s decision has conclusively put an end to the long-standing legal dispute surrounding the 2023 Presidential Election, in which President Bola Tinubu emerged as the resounding winner.
Also former Chief of Staff to the Imo state governor, Uche Nwosu, has called on presidential candidates of the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi to join hands with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the rescue of Nigeria.
Nwosu made the call in his congratulatory message to Tinubu, where he urged Atiku and Obi to respectively accept President Tinubu’s appeal for cooperation to move the country forward.
In the same vein, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdurosheed Akanbi has charged President Bola Tinubu to continue to work at full throttle to deliver good governance to Nigeria, following the affirmation of his victory by the Supreme Court.
The monarch, in a congratulatory message after the Supreme Court verdict on Thursday which was issued by his media aide, Alli Ibraheem, appealed to politicians to prioritise the interest of Nigeria, noting that the country is greater than everyone.
 “I congratulate our indefatigable president on his victory at the Supreme Court. Election litigation is a strength of our growing democracy. I have strong hopes for our democracy. To further entrench the strength, we need to harmonize our political affiliation and make contributions where necessary.
“Now that the litigation is over, it’s time for full work. No more court. Our politicians are strongly enjoined to prioritize the interest of Nigeria by cooperating with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in moving the country forward.”

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