Mr Gbenga Olawepo- Hashim, former APC Presidential aspirant, has congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the Supreme Court verdict, urging him to now face the job of rescuing Nigerians from the daily harsh realities they faced.
Olawepo- Hashim made the disclosure in his congratulatory message to Tinubu in Lagos on Sunday, October 29, 2023.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that both former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Peter Obi of the Labour Party had urged the Apex court to dismiss and set aside the Sept. 6 Judgment of PEPT, which affirmed the victory of Tinubu.
However, the seven-man panel led by Justice Inyang Okoro on Thursday, held that the appeal lacked merit and “is hereby dismissed.”
Olawepo-Hashim said that hitting the ground running presently would not be enough as he now needed to fly when needed. He explained that the President, as the one with the democratic mandate, had more work to do with an economy that was hit by its worst inflation in over 20 years.
He said the nation’s currency had been devalued at 80 per cent in four months of Tinubu’s administration at the unofficial market.
“Although the legal challenges to the outcome of the 2023 presidential election have come and gone, rounding up with the verdict of the Supreme Court on sundry appeals on Oct. 26.
“I want to congratulate President Tinubu for a hard won victory.
“I also extend my commendation to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP; and Mr Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party respectively at the 2023 Presidential election.
“The dogged but civil challenges mounted by the duo after the election are important contributions to our democracy and will enrich our jurisprudence.
“Both the winner and those whose petitions did not succeed at the courts must now commit themselves as leaders to the important tasks of uniting the country.
“They must secure the nation, rescue the economy, and improve the welfare of our people,” he said.