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Presidency responds to Atiku’s decision to contest election result in court

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has claimed that the presidency is not bothered by the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge the outcome of the February 23 presidential elections in court.

Backstory: Speaking to State House correspondents after a dinner hosted by President Buhari for some members of the APC, the SGF said that the Nigerian Constitution and the Electoral Act have made provision for any candidate dissatisfied with election result to seek redress in court.

“We are not jittery at all because the process was open and transparent. It was a credible election and we will continue to savor in the victory but in the process too, we will extend the hand of friendship for the purpose of nation-building and reconciliation,” he said. “Our electoral Act and the constitution have both provided a window for whoever is dissatisfied with the process of election to seek redress. That is the path and we will encourage them to go along that path.”

On what Buhari would do in his second term: In addition to doing more in the area of infrastructure development, Mustapha said “the President is very clear about what he wants to do. He will stand on the three pivot points that he pushed forward in 2015; securing the nation, diversifying the economy and also fighting corruption with all intensity.”

Mustapha added that “There will be inclusiveness all over the place. This is one government that has really invested in social infrastructure by bringing people who are below the poverty level up and out of poverty. There are so many things that we are looking forward to and I am very thrilled and grateful that we had this opportunity to now consolidate on the tenets and gains of our democracy.”

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