President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has welcomed the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, delivered today in Abuja at the Court of Appeal, which upheld his election as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The President in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Dr. Reuben Abati, described the judgment as a triumph for democracy and an affirmation of the sovereignty of the Nigerian people.
He praised the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and its Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, for their respect for the rule of law and the Constitution, saying their recourse to judicial review of their grievances affirms their faith in the nation’s judiciary.
Extending the hands of fellowship to the CPC and General Buhari, the President called on them to accept the decision of the tribunal, put the past behind them and support his administration’s efforts to transform the nation.
“From this day, let us move forward together as we work to deepen the democratic content of our polity and build a nation of our collective desire,” the President said, adding, “The judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is a victory for all Nigerians”.
President Jonathan expressed his appreciation to all Nigerians for their steadfastness and support, stating “the resolve of his administration to continue to provide good governance, anchored on the strong foundations of honesty, transparency, hardwork and fairness to all”.
Reuben Abati, Ph.D
Special Adviser to the President,
Media & Publicity
November 1, 2011