Don't waste resources to challenge Tinubu's victory – Scholar advises Atiku, Obi
A public affairs commentator, Prof Isaac Albert, on Saturday, advised the country's leading opposition parties to stop any further challenge of the outcome of the Feb. 25 presidential election.
Albert told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that this would be better and help prevent a further waste of resources at the Supreme Court.
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) had on Wednesday affirmed the result of the election, which had President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner.
He had beaten Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) to the second and third positions, respectively.
Albert, an expert in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan, said going by the analyses of the judges, the opposition parties were beaten hands down.
“They just could not prove their cases.
“Also, the argument that a certain number of votes cast in the FCT could make or mar the victory of a contestant was clearly laid to rest through an unambiguous constitutional explanation.
“From my observation, the tribunal had done over 80 per cent of the job for the Supreme Court, if the opposition decides to appeal the judgement.
“Therefore, I think that it will be a waste of time and resources for those challenging Tinubu's victory because they have no evidence,” the scholar said.
The don further noted that the judgement was not only exciting and educative, but would also be remembered for treating all the issues based on their constitutionality.