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Tribunal verdict on Tinubu, Shettima restores faith in judiciary –Lawan



President of the 9th Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday said that the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, PEPT, has restored the confidence of Nigerians in the nation’s electoral processes and the judiciary.
Lawan stated this in a statement of congratulations to the numbers one and two citizens on their victory at the presidential election tribunal.
The former Senate President, in the statement signed by his Media Adviser, Ezrel Tabiowo, commended the PEPT for its impartial and unbiased posture in examining petitions brought before the panel by the candidates of opposition political parties, on the basis of available facts and merit.
“I congratulate President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima over their victory at the Presidential Election Petitions Court.
“The affirmation of their election in February this year restores the confidence of Nigerians in the nation’s Judiciary and our electoral processes.
“I also commend the panel for its resolute and firm posture in ensuring that its judgement was guided by the facts available before the court as against unsubstantiated claims.
“The PEPC judgment sends a clear message to politicians that the judiciary understands its limit and refuses to be an arbiter on matters within the jurisdiction of political parties.
“In addition, the decision by candidates of some political parties to contest the outcome of the 2023 Presidential election, provided the opportunity to test the provisions of the Electoral Act passed by the 9th Assembly, in a way that further  deepens our nation’s democratic processes.
“Efforts must, accordingly, be made by the 10th Assembly to consolidate on the gains of the Electoral Act by ensuring further amendments to the law, in a bid strengthen the Independent National Electoral Commission and our electoral processes.
“I also urge the presidential candidates of the People’s Democratic Party and the Labour Party, to join forces with the Tinubu-led administration in delivering good governance to Nigerians,” Lawan stressed.
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