TRIBUNAL: Jonathan Stops PDP’s Bid To Contest Buhari’s Victory

Published 4 years ago by: Mister Jay Wonder
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President Goodluck Jonathan may have prevailed on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to challenge President-elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s victory  in last Saturday’s election.

Instead of planning a case for the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, the Presidency will raise a Transition Committee on Tuesday, a source told The Nation yesterday.

Vice President-elect Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is likely to head the All Progressives Congress (APC) team which will join the committee ahead of the May 29 transition.

Ministers have started preparing their handover notes, it was also learnt.

It was gathered that although some PDP stalwarts wanted Buhari’s victory challenged at the tribunal, the President thought otherwise.

The party stalwarts, it was said, believe that some irregularities in some states are strong enough to upturn the final results of the election, which was hailed at home and abroad as substantially credible. Jonathan, it was learnt, said it made no sense —contesting Buhari’s victory— after he had conceded defeat.

It was learnt that the PDP leaders referred  to the electoral scenario in  Ekiti where  the All Progressives Congress(APC) went to tribunal  despite the acceptance of defeat by ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The President, however, stood his ground that he would rather stand by his statesmanship attitude than going to tribunal.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The President has prevailed on PDP to drop plans to go to tribunal against Buhari. He said he wants his word to be his bond, having been applauded by the international community.

“At a point, Jonathan said ‘I don’t believe in post-election petition at tribunal because it distracts the incoming administration’.

“He also said Nigeria must emulate other nations where once the presidential poll is lost and won, the new government must not be distracted with election petitions.

“He told party leaders that he was not interested in going to the tribunal. It is now left for PDP leaders to heed his advice.

“So as at Thursday, the government’s position is that the PDP should not go to tribunal.”

Stating the PDP’s position on the elections in a statement yesterday, Chairman Adamu Mu’azu, said:   “We have received reports of serious irregularities that characterized the conduct of the election and we shall channel our protests to the appropriate quarters in line with our profound respect for the rule of law and democratic ethos.”

He did not say whether the party would go to the tribunal but added:  “What is paramount to us is the survival of our democracy, the unity, peace and progress of our dear nation and the happiness of all our people. Nigeria is bigger than any political party, individual or group and her overall interest must be our priority at all times.”

The President in 2010 at the 15th summit of the African Union (AU) in Kampala, Uganda described post-election litigation as a major distraction to governance.

Jonathan said: “It is inconvenient to already be in office and be thinking about election litigation.

“The essence of the immunity clause in the constitution is that if a president or a governor takes an oath of office, he should sit down and concentrate on the job and when he leaves office, he could be prosecuted for any offence.

“But because of the way we conduct our elections, the president who sits in office is still battling and being distracted with election issues, and it affects us.”

The transition committee is likely to be constituted next week.

Another source added: “The Presidency is working on a seamless transition from Jonathan’s administration to Buhari’s. The details are being worked out.”

“I think by next week, the picture of the transition committee will emerge. The government is working early on the transition because it involves a lot of work.

“The APC team will have to collaborate with the committee and ask questions if there are grey areas.”

Meanwhile, Ministers have started compiling their handover notes, which will be part of the integral aspect of the report of the transition committee.

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beneno at 07:58 AM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Wysetots at 08:01 AM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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Good move ......your past mistakes have been forgiven, Go and LOOT no more !!
echeeche at 10:25 AM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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What a statement of fact
victorstic1 at 11:26 AM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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Ouch1212 at 11:34 AM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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Jona don't mind PDP leaders, go home and rest joor.
osarobo62 at 01:01 PM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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even if they go and litigate at the witches and wizards court,...they will still lose woefully.
sweetypweety at 01:46 PM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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After Jonathan has paint himself a hero by calling Buhari, if he allow them to contest d result he will look like a hypocrate in d eyes of d world. Ofcuz he wouldn't want that
eoadex2003 at 01:59 PM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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GEJ they fear say Buhari fit arraign am, so no option than to gentle by force.
darylsmith at 02:53 PM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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This is the best time of any regime
Budget passed 3 months ago
Nobody I. Charge
Interim government In place
All allocated funds just seating there
Waiting to be chopped
Kai how do I apply for interim government
odegbalegu at 03:56 PM, 3/04/2015 (4 years ago)
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those wanting to go to tribunal don't have the interest of the Nation at heart. it will do us a lot of good if we listen to Gej, at least for posterity.
elchymo at 04:37 AM, 21/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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Waste of time


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