One of the parties that filed a petition against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, the Coalition for Change (C4C) on Monday withdrew its petition. It was subsequently struck out.
The move sent the President Buhari’s camp agog with joy, with one of his lawyers an the spokesman of his former campaign council, Mr. Festus Keyamo, commending the C4C.
From the presidency also came a statement commending the development.
Presidential spokesman, Mr. Garba Shehu said in the statement: “The Presidency expresses delight at the withdrawal of one of four petitions challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 2019 election.
“The Presidency commends the Coalition for Change (C4C) following the withdrawal of its case through its lawyer, at the resumed hearing before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Monday.
“This is a sign of true patriotism. By accepting defeat with grace, the C4C has chosen to prioritize the stability of our country and the voice of the people.
“Victory and defeat are part of elections. For some in the opposition, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is good, when they win. Where they lose, INEC is unreliable.
“The challenges facing our nation are huge and we need all hands on deck.
“The people of Nigeria have chosen President Buhari to lead them, and all stakeholders should deploy their energy towards supporting his efforts.”