…By for TDPel Media.
Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has made a plea to the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC) to declare the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as the rightful winner of the 2023 election.
This request comes after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) admitted that Atiku won 21 states, contrary to the 12 states initially credited to him.
Frank contends that the former vice president emerged victorious in the presidential race against the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu, who was declared the winner by INEC.
Atiku’s Claim to Victory:
In light of the revelation made by INEC, Timi Frank firmly asserts that Atiku Abubakar should be declared the rightful winner of the February 25 presidential election.
According to INEC’s admission, Atiku secured victories in 21 states, significantly more than the 12 states initially attributed to him.
This newfound information supports Atiku’s claim to victory, making it crucial for the PEPC to carefully consider the evidence presented.
An Opportunity for Justice and Judicial Redemption:
In a statement issued in Abuja, Timi Frank calls upon the appeal court justices to seize the opportunity presented by INEC’s revelation to restore the judiciary’s tarnished image.
He urges them to act courageously and uphold substantial justice in this case, despite facing high-wired pressures and intimidations.
Frank stresses that the judiciary should avoid basing their rulings on technicalities and instead focus on the merits of the case to ensure a just and fair outcome.
Setting a Precedent for Future Cases:
The outcome of the current case holds immense significance, not just for the individuals involved but also for the future of the Nigerian judiciary.
Timi Frank reminds the tribunal justices that their judgment will serve as a precedent for future cases.
He emphasizes the need to avoid creating a precedent where acts of criminality witnessed during the presidential election become accepted as the norm in Nigeria.
It is imperative that the justices make well-reasoned and fair decisions, paying heed to valid and powerful submissions made by the opposition parties.
A Chance to Earn International Recognition:
Timi Frank highlights the global importance of this case, as the eyes of the world are on Nigeria to see how justice is delivered.
He urges the Nigerian judiciary to use this opportunity to earn international recognition by upholding the principles of fairness, equity, and justice.
The outcome of this case will reflect the commitment of the judiciary to these principles and determine how it will be remembered both at home and abroad.
Timi Frank’s plea to the PEPC emphasizes the need for a just and fair resolution of the 2023 presidential election dispute.
He advocates for Atiku Abubakar to be declared the rightful winner based on INEC’s admission of his victory in 21 states.
Frank urges the justices to act courageously and avoid ruling on technicalities, considering the significant implications of their judgment as a precedent for future cases.
He hopes that the judiciary will seize this opportunity to redeem its image and demonstrate its commitment to fairness and justice, thus earning recognition on the international stage.