The Presidency and the All Progressives Congress, on Monday, knocked the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, following his allegation that the Supreme Court rewarded illegalities by upholding the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25 presidential poll.
Atiku, who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Monday, formally reacted to last week’s judgment of the apex court, which dismissed his lawsuit to challenge Tinubu’s electoral victory.
But in its reaction to Atiku’s attack on the President and the apex court, the Presidency took a sharp jab at the former Vice President, saying he went into the February poll “with a fragmented and tattered umbrella.’’
The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, stated this in a statement titled: ‘Time for Atiku Abubakar to finally go away and end his ambition to be President.”
Onanuga added, “There was no way Atiku and the PDP could have won the election with the party platform under which he contested broken into four parts.”
The Supreme Court, on Thursday, ended the 171-day legal tussle to nullify the election of Tinubu with the rejection of the election appeals filed by the PDP standard bearer and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
In the lead judgment delivered by the Chairman of the seven-man panel, Justice Inyang Okoro, the apex court refused to consider the academic records of the President obtained from the Chicago State University, which Atiku sought to tender as fresh evidence to prove his allegation of certificate forgery against the ex-Lagos State governor.
Okoro stated, “It is a settled law that the time fixed by the constitution for the doing of anything cannot be extended, it is immutable, and it is fixed like the rock of Gibraltar, and it cannot be moved, expanded and elongated, or stretched beyond what it states.’’