An All Progressives Congress (APC) group, Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiatives (CGGCI), has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi, not to leave the country because of the verdict of the Supreme Court which affirmed the victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The group which stated this during a unity rally to celebrate Tinubu’s victory at the apex court, implored the duo to join hands with the president to move the country forward.
The coalition also called on all Nigerians to join in the Renewed Hope Agenda and trust the government to lead Nigeria into a promised land.
Members of the group, together with thousands of supporters of the governing party, marched from Eagle Square to the Supreme Court, carrying various banners and placards with inscriptions that shower praises on the judiciary for the pronouncement.
Speaking with journalists during the rally, national coordinator of the group, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, said “The judiciary has done an exceptional job by delivering the most sound judgement ever in the history of election petition in Nigeria, by strengthening critical issues of legal dichotomy, democracy has indeed won.”
He noted that Atiku as a former vice president and Peter Obi as a former governor should not hesitate to give appropriate advice devoid of politics and self aggrandisement, even as he urged them to continue to encourage their supporters to embrace peace and tranquility.
Ogenyi said, “This victory is dedicated to God the Father and to the less privileged people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who voted and vehemently defended their votes believing in the capacity of His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the man anointed by God to take Nigeria to the promise land.
“We are here today to celebrate the victory of democracy, social justice, equity and fairness. To us, the judiciary has done an exceptional job by delivering the most sound judgement ever in the history of election petition in Nigeria, by strengthening critical issues of legal dichotomy, democracy has indeed won.
“To the National Chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, His Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, you have done well. Within your few months in the office, the APC is winning in all angle, your resilience in repositioning the party has added value to our democracy and has thus contributed in no small measure, the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
We wish to reiterate and call on all those who participated in the last Presidential election are welcome to join the new Nigeria of our dream, an egalitarian Nation where peace and justice shall reign.
“We specifically single out the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, not to abandon Nigeria. It is our opinion that they should stay back and contribute meaningfully to the project Nigeria. We believe that as citizens of Nigeria one must not become a president or vice president before he or she can make meaningful contribution to the development of our Nation.
“For now, the struggle for political power has ended for the duo but that does not mean they do not have an opportunity in future. Therefore, before the said future will come there is need to cooperate with the incumbent and ensure that we all succeed together as a Nation.”