- Says all that is left for PDP and Atiku is to queue behind Buhari.
- Oshiomhole notes that they are not at liberty to introduce new issues, neither can they bring in new witnesses at the Supreme Court.
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has said that losing an election is not the end of one’s political career.
This was obviously a reaction to the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, to appeal the ruling of the Presidential Election Tribunal which upheld the election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the supreme court.
The tribunal had dismissed the petition filed by the PDP and Atiku challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the last presidential election.
Speaking with the statehouse correspondents after a meeting with Buhari on Thursday, Oshiomhole he remains confident that Atiku would lose even if he goes to the world court to challenge Buhari’s victory.
According to him, with the tribunal trashing all the evidence and issues raised before it, there was nothing else left to examine within the Nigerian law.
While noting that the supreme court of Nigeria is not that of the PDP or the APC, but governed by law with the responsibility to interpret the evidence before the court of appeal, the former Edo governor said they (PDP and Atiku) are not at liberty to introduce new issues, neither can they bring in new witnesses.
“So, if it is what I heard yesterday, which I believe you also heard; thanks to the media, most Nigerians were detained for eight hours listening to arguments of the judges one after the other.
“Even though we thought it was getting longer and longer, we realised that they tried to deal with the issues raised, even the ones you and I as laymen will consider inconsequential. They dealt with each of them, trashed them and arrived at a conclusion,” he said.
Without sounding arrogant, Oshiomhole pointed that he hoped the whole contest is about Nigeria, who actually won the election and both parties were committed to building Nigeria and it’s not about who should be given the key.
“Now, this has been resolved and it is time to queue behind the winner and move on. Our winner is the best example that losing an election is not tantamount to the end of your political life. He lost three previous elections, and today he is the president.
“President Buhari is now ready to meet defeated Atiku Abubakar at the supreme court. The APC is ready to meet the PDP at the supreme court. Adams Oshiomhole is ready to meet my brother, Secondus, at the supreme court; and he will take second and I will take first, Isha Allah.”