The Governors of Lagos, Ogun and Kogi states, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dapo Abiodun and Yahaya Bello have felicitated with President Bola Tinubu over the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed he won the February 25 2023 general elections.
Bello, who spoke to reporters at the president’s residence in Abuja on Thursday, urged all opposition and disgruntled political parties to sheath their swords and support the current administration.
He stated that the Supreme Court’s ruling has improved the country’s jurisprudence and is proof to all Nigerians that President Tinubu won this election in a free and fair manner.
Bello also extended his congratulations to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, saying they did a job well done.
He said, “Let me use this opportunity to congratulate Mr President, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, but more importantly, let me congratulate all Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora. At the same time I congratulate even the opposition political parties. This decision of today by the erudite jurists has further enriched our jurisprudence and it is crystal clear to all Nigerians that our President won this election free and fair.
“I also congratulate INEC for a job well done, it couldn’t have been better than this at this time, even though there are areas of improvement, but I congratulate them for taking their time painstakingly to do a good job that has been affirmed today by the highest court in the land.
Speaking on INEC’s reputation as his state prepares for another election, he said the integrity of the electoral commission has never been in question.
Sanwo-Olu in his remark, described the verdict of the apex court as heroic.
He said the highest judicial body in our country has expressed themselves very clearly and also said that “we all need to abide by this constitution.
He, therefore, called on all opposition to put whatever differences they have aside, noting that the country must have a clear direction on how to get all hands on deck to get the economy of Nigeria on track.
Sanwo-Olu said, “The supreme court verdict is historic ,it is a beauty of democracy, it’s a beauty of the power of inclusiveness in governance where everybody would have an opportunity to express themselves at the highest level and as a people that is run and governed by a constitution, we all need to abide by this constitution.
“The highest judicial body in our country has expressed themselves very clearly, there were no descending voices, there were seven of them that were on the same page.
“We must have a clear direction on how to get all hands on deck to get the economy of Nigeria on track ,let us put whatever differences, political or otherwise and let us rally round this administration for the benefit of Nigerians because at the end of the day.
On his part, Abiodun said the Supreme Court judgment will put to rest a lot of issues that will now become precedents in law.
He further said the ruling would enable the president to focus on important issues governing the country.
“Our President can now be focused on the task of governance, all the distractions are behind him, he has a lot of work to do. He’s assumed this office at a time when audacious and bold decisions have to be made, which he has made them, he now has to keep his eyes on the ball and continue with his plans in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda.
“Furthermore and more importantly, by this judgement, the Supreme Court has also put to rest a lot of issues that will now become precedents in law. I’m sure that some other cases where either appeals have been filed at the appellate level or the Supreme Court, will probably be withdrawn.
WesternPost had reported earlier how the Supreme Court dismissed the appeals filed by the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, against Mr Tinubu’s victory at the 25 February election.