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Atiku told to forget appeal, support Buhari after losing in court

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Chief Davies Ikanya, former Chairman of the Rivers All Progressives Congress (APC), advised the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubaka, on Thursday to support the president’s “next level” agenda Muhammadu Buhari, rather than moving forward to appeal for his victory in the Court of Electoral Petitions.

Ikanya, in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Port Harcourt, said the court ruling was an impressive sign of hope in the judicial system.

“I’m impressed with Wednesday’s ruling by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, that decision was indeed painstakingly delivered.

“The judges were very thorough and meticulous in dealing with all issues raised in the petition and the counters.

“So, having got this kind of judgment in this country, it means that the hope of the common man will be restored in the judiciary.

“Personally, I really don’t see any need for an appeal except for the purpose of concluding a judicial process,” he told NAN.

“All the same, it is their right, they are free to go on and appeal, but my view is that they should save both financial and intellectual strength and look forward to moving our country forward.

“Especially now that the president has extended the olive branch to the opposition, calling on them to join hands to work for the country.

“I think they should heed that clarion call and join hands with Mr President to move our country to the Next Level.”

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The party chieftain, therefore, congratulated the judiciary and Nigerians, saying the ruling was a victory for the nation.

“I want to congratulate the judiciary for this landmark judgment, I want to also congratulate Nigerians and even the lawyers that represented the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), they all did their best.

“The good thing is that justice was indeed given to Nigerians and to our great leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was actually voted for by Nigerians and who has been confirmed duly elected.

“Yesterday, I listened to an analyst, a very senior lawyer and he advised the PDP and its Presidential flag bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not to bother appealing the judgment at the Supreme Court.

According to the lawyer, there is going to do that anybody could do to upturn the judgment,” he said.

Ikanya also said that the tribunal besides giving victory to a deserving president has also put to rest the certificate saga.

“The judgment yesterday did not only confirm the president as qualified to serve in his capacity, but ’eminently qualified’.

“This is a retired General in the Nigerian Army, who had attended several courses, Nigerians are just politicking on this issue.

“We all know that every personnel who rose through the rank and file in the military are sound because they are very well trained and President Muhammadu Buhari is one of such sound minds,” Ikanya said.