The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, has officially rejected the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) judgement, revealing that the battle to upturn Tinubu’s victory will continue.
This comes after the PEPT struck out the petition filed by Atiku and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi on Wednesday.
The petition had challenged the victory of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The tribunal dismissed all petitions brought before it by Obi and Atiku.
Atiku, who referred ro himself as a fighter, said he had instructed his legal team to commence the process of appeal at the Supreme Court.
He said: “I am here today to give my official reaction to the judgement delivered yesterday by the Presidential Election Petition Court on the 2023 presidential elections.
“As you already know, I approached the court following the declaration by the INEC that the APC and its candidate are the winners of the February 25 elections. My decision to go to court was anchored in my belief that the court is the sanctuary of justice.
“Indeed, I am no stranger to legal battles. I can say that I have a fair idea of how the court system works. All through my career as a politician, I have been a fighter, and I will continue to fight.
“Our aim of conducting credible elections in the country was compromised by INEC through the way it managed the presidential election.
“I am afraid that the judgement of the PEPT yesterday failed to restore confidence in our dream of free and fair elections devoid of human manipulation.
“I am here to tell you that though the judgement of the court yesterday is respected, it is a judgement that I refuse to accept.
“I refuse to accept it because I believe it is devoid of substantial justice. I have asked my lawyers to constitutionally activate the guaranteed right to appeal in the higher court.”