President Tinubu Confident as Presidential Tribunal Judgment Approaches
FCT, Abuja – President Bola Tinubu has expressed unwavering confidence as the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) prepares to deliver its judgment on Wednesday, September 6, regarding various petitions filed against his presidential victory. Speaking through his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu remained resolute, stating that he is “not worried” about the judgment’s outcome.
No shaking,” declared President Tinubu, conveying his assurance that he secured victory in the election. These remarks were made during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, September 4.
President Tinubu will be absent from Nigeria when the tribunal delivers its historic judgment, as he embarked on a journey to New Delhi, India, on Monday night to attend the G-20 Summit. This international engagement comes after weeks of hearings and deliberations at the PEPC.
Earlier on Monday, Umar Bangari, the registrar of the Appeal Court, officially confirmed that Wednesday had been designated as the day for delivering judgment on the multiple petitions challenging President Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 presidential election.
In that election, President Tinubu was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, March 1. He secured victory against notable opponents, including Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party. INEC reported that President Tinubu received 8,794,726 votes, while Atiku and Obi garnered 6,984,520 and 6,101,533 votes, respectively.
Opposition parties, including Atiku’s PDP, have filed separate petitions before the tribunal challenging President Tinubu’s victory.
In related news, President Tinubu recently made changes to the governing board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). He appointed Chiedu Ebie as the new chairman and introduced 16 other board members, effectively terminating the appointment of Lauretta Onochie, who was appointed by former President Muhammadu Buhari. Ebie, an ally of former governor James Ibori, had previously served as the Secretary to the Government of Delta State under the leadership of former Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. He was suspended from the PDP in May 2023.
As the nation awaits the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court on Wednesday, President Tinubu remains confident in the legitimacy of his election victory and continues his duties on the international stage at the G-20 Summit in New Delhi.