The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, has extended his congratulations to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his triumph at the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal (PEPT), emphasizing that there was never any doubt about his victory in the polls.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Levinus Nwabughiogu, Kalu asserted that the Nigerian people could not have made an erroneous choice on February 25, 2023, when they turned out in large numbers to cast their votes in favor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.
Kalu expressed that the tribunal’s verdict merely reaffirmed the will of the people and added credibility to the legitimacy of Tinubu’s electoral win.
He remarked, “Tinubu’s victory, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the February presidential election, was always a certainty.”
Kalu praised President Tinubu for maintaining a steadfast focus on governance despite evident attempts by his adversaries to divert his attention through legal proceedings, thus diverting him from the demanding task of addressing the nation’s challenges.
Kalu encouraged those opposing the president to align with the Renewed Hope agenda of the current administration, calling on them to conclude their legal journey and collaborate with the president and other well-intentioned Nigerians from across the political spectrum to advance the nation.
The Deputy Speaker commended the comprehensive and professional approach exhibited by the five-member panel, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, in their interpretation of the law and the delivery of justice.
Furthermore, Kalu acknowledged Tinubu’s opponents for contributing to the deepening of democracy through their actions, which rigorously tested the nation’s constitution and electoral laws. He also commended them for opting for legal avenues rather than resorting to violence or extrajudicial means after the election.
In addition to President Tinubu, Kalu congratulated Hon. Nkiruka Onyejiocha, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, on her victory at the tribunal in the Isiukwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency of the State.
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