TRIBUNAL VERDICT: Wike breaks with PDP, Atiku, congratulates Buhari

While his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is planning to appeal the tribunal’s verdict, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the presidential election petition tribunal.

The five-man panel of the tribunal had dismissed the petition by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the outcome of the February 23 election.

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At the ruling which lasted over eight hours, chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammad Garba, dismissed all the petitions filed by the petitioners for failing to convince the tribunal in the reliefs they sought.

Reacting, Wike congratulated Buhari in a statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, his media aide.

The governor urged Buhari to use his victory to work for all 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 added.

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