President Muhammadu Buhari rebuked the presidential candidate of the people Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential election of 2019, Atiku Abubakar, for his comment on the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the election of Gboyega Oyetola as governor of the state of Osun, in the southwest of Nigeria.
Naija News reported earlier that the trial court issued its final judgment in favor of Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party on Friday, July 5.
The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the last governor’s election in the state of Osun, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
In response to the ruling in a statement, the presidential candidate of the PDP said: “I urge the nation’s judiciary to take a pulse of the nation and reflect it.” In his hands, God has placed a great responsibility. Ensure that justice is done, regardless of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be. ”
In response to Abubakar’s comment, President Buhari, through his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said: “Many things go against logic, reason, and legality in this part of the statement. Alhaji Abubakar urged the judiciary to reflect the pulse of the nation in its judgments. Educated people know that the judiciary reaches conclusions based on questions of law that are presented to it, and not in feelings, or the so-called “pulse of the nation.”
“A pertinent question is: how does the judiciary measure the pulse of the nation? Are you even positioned to do that? Is the court set up for that purpose, or to impart justice, also if the Heavens fall?
“Once again, there is a hint of incentive in the declaration, when the PDP candidate said that the judiciary should guarantee that justice is done,” regardless of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be. ”
“We see this as an attempt to stun the judiciary, which causes it to have a feeling in the ongoing petition about presidential elections before the court.
“If someone has the tendency or tendency to put pressure on the judiciary, Nigerians know where their fingers point, and not in President Muhammadu Buhari. This was a man who had taken his electoral challenges three times to the judiciary, up to the Supreme Court. And not once was he accused of trying to influence the process or pressure the courts.
“When the Congress of All Progressives (APC) lost Zamfara and the Rivers states, following the judicial proclamations, then, there was no” pressure to do the opposite, by the existing powers. “But now that the victory was confirmed of the match in Osun, there is a hint of the pressure of those who have never learned to play straight.
“President Buhari has always been committed to fair play, which was evident in the last general election. He remains committed to impartiality and justice forever, “he added.