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Wike congratulates as Atiku loss in Tribunal

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The governor of Rivers State, South-south Nigeria, Nyesom Wike, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the presidential election petition tribunal.

Latest Nigeria News had reported earlier that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on Wednesday dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Delivering judgment, Justice Mohammed Garba, who led a five-man panel of justices, said: “This petition is accordingly, and hereby dismissed in its entirety.

“In the final result, and I have come to the conclusion which is inevitable and unavoidable, that the petitioners have not proved any of the grounds of the petition in paragraph 15 of the petition.

“This petition is accordingly and hereby dismissed in its entirety.”

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Latest Nigeria News recalls that PDP, Nigeria’s main opposition party, rejected the verdict of the tribunal and asked its lawyers to file an appeal at the supreme court.

However, Wike, a top member of the PDP who was the coordinator of the Atiku’s campaign in the south-south, sent a congratulatory message to President Buhari.

In a message issued by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, on his behalf, Wike asked President Buhari to use his victory to unite Nigerians. “irrespective of their political leanings.”

“Governor Wike called on the President to work towards the unity of the country, noting that the country is divided,” Nwakaudu said in a statement.