Election petitions aren’t won on social media Says Wike.




FCT Minister Nyesom Wike asserts that social media platforms are ineffective for winning election petitions.

In an interview with Channels Television on Thursday, Wike asserted that the opposition parties "don't have a case" to contest President Bola Tinubu's election victory on February 25.

The tribunal validated Tinubu's election victory on Wednesday.

The Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) all filed petitions, which the tribunal found to be "all devoid of merit.

The former Rivers governor applauded the presidential election petition tribunal for "painstakingly" resolving the issues made in the petitions in response to the tribunal's decision.

“I have always told people that election petition is not like any other case. It is a special area. It is not by propaganda,” he said.

“It is not won on social media. It is a presentation of evidence and facts. Not what you said to your supporters outside.

I sat down for not less than 10 hours and to look at how the justices painstakingly took each item one by one, from the preliminary objections to the motions, down to the objections on documents and exhibits, down to substantial issues.”

The FCT minister continued by stating that the February presidential election was "tough" and that Obi could not have won.

When asked to respond to the assertion that he has control over the judiciary, Wike responded sarcastically by joking that the judiciary was correct in 2006 when Obi reclaimed his position as governor of Anambra.

“Did Peter Obi not win at the supreme court when he was removed as governor? Did he pay bribe? Let him tell the world now,” he said.

When he was removed as a governor, did he not reclaim his mandate at the supreme court? Judiciary was right but now that this (referring to the tribunal’s verdict) did not happen, judiciary is wrong.”

The former governor of Rivers claimed that despite losing numerous legal battles, he did not criticise the judicial system.





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