- Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed has stated that President Buhari's victory at the election tribunal was expected
- The Kano-born politician said a genuine electoral mandate was given to the ruling party in the last general elections
- According to Ahmed, many Nigerians love President Buhari because they cherish his qualities and charisma
The judgment of the presidential election petition tribunal affirming the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the polls is one that we did not see as unexpected, Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed has stated.
Ahmed is the senior special assistant to the president on social investment programmes, member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Board of Trustees and also a director in the 2019 Buhari presidential campaign council.
The Kano-born politician in a statement sent to journalists on Thursday, September 12 said that although he recognizes the right of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to challenge the victory in court, he truly believes that in the spirit of building a fractured nation, the resources and time could have been well spent on focusing in the already agenda of moving the country forward.
His words: “A genuine electoral mandate was given to us in February that truly reflected the mood and political reality in the country.
“We didn’t win in any state that we didn’t have a strong wind going into the elections. As a matter of fact we lost in states that we could have won if we were to do what PDP was used to doing during elections. We wouldn’t have lost Abuja, or Oyo or Imo or Edo where we had APC governors and a federal government.
“This was an extremely fair contest with results that reflect the mood of the country at the time and we won squarely as the courts have affirmed today. No one in this country can contest President Buhari’s appeal and popular support.”
According to Ahmed, many Nigerians love President Buhari, “because they cherish the qualities and charisma he brings to the table.”
“He is a man of determination, he has an unassailable public profile that speaks humility and integrity, he is focused and has Nigeria’s interests at heart.
“President Buhari is a patriot. His sacrifices and commitments to this country are a matter of public knowledge and record. So it is not surprising to see that Nigerians went to the polls to vote him overwhelmingly.
“I was confident of our victory from the start and I was also confident that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal would only affirm this victory,” he said.
He noted that now that the president’s victory had been affirmed, the next task before the government which he plays a critical role in as one of the managers of the Social Investment Programmes, was to deliver on the promises the party had made during the elections.
He further noted that the government would focus on ensuring that it continues to lay a solid foundation for the sustainable development of the country.
Meanwhile, a member of the National Executive Committee of the APC, Chief Nduka Anyanwu has described the decision of the tribunal to uphold the election of President Muhammadu Buhari as victory for Nigerians.
The APC chieftain stated that over the last four years, “the Buhari led government has steered Nigeria away from the uninspiring trend which characterized governance during the reign of the People's Democratic Party.”
Anyanwu described Buhari's victory at the tribunal as “an opportunity for Nigerians to experience more years of purposeful leadership.”
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