The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, September 12, are focused on the presidential tribunal judgement that affirmed the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 poll, the response of the opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as he heads to the Supreme Court, among other stories.
The Nation reports that the news of the court ruling on the presidential election happened during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
The president said the victory shows that he really won at the poll, and praised the judiciary for ruling without any kind of bias.
The Punch reports that the election tribunal that sat in Abuja on Wednesday, September 12, threw out the petition by Atiku, which sought to challenge the victory of Buhari at the presidential poll that held on Saturday, February 23.
The victory of the president was totally held by all the members of the five-man bench that was led by Justice Mohammed Garba on the basis that the case lacked merit.
Vanguard reports that the election tribunal affirmed the re-election victory of President Buhari at the poll as it dismissed the petition of the PDP's presidential candidate.
In his reaction to the ruling, Buhari said that he was never disturbed throughout the time his people-given mandate was at the court, adding that "good conscience fears no evil report".
This Day reports that after the tribunal victory, the president in a statement released by his aide on media and publicity, extended a hand of fellowship to everyone who were aggrieved by the outcome of the February 23 poll.
Buhari also added that with the release of the judgement, the country now needs to move forward as one body and get over any kind of distraction on a poll that Nigerians clearly decided.
The Guardian reports that the opposition party totally rejected the tribunal ruling that restated the mandate of Buhari at the presidential poll.
It should be noted also that judgement was a stop to the six-month old legal tussle between the president and the PDP's candidate.
The PDP said it would challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court as it described it as a clear upturn of justice and stain on the country's justice system.
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