Tribunal verdict: Shettima mocks Atiku, promises to buy cows, chickens for him to rear

The vice president, Mr. Kashim Shettima, ridiculed fun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for losing his appeal at the Presidential Election appeal Tribunal (PEPT) disputing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s election.

On September 6, 2023, a 5-member judicial bench headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani issued a ruling confirming Tinubu’s election as president.

Reacting after the judgement on whether the ruling will retire the PDP’s presidential candidate politically, Shettima said; “We are not going to retire him to Dubai or Morroco, I will retire him to Fombina, I will buy him goats, broilers, and layers so that he can spend his days rearing goats and broilers, but on a joking side.

”My principal, President Bola Tinubu is eternally indebted to the Nigerian people and to the leadership of the party who have been here since 9 a.m.

“Our energetic chairman and national secretary of the party, members of the national assembly, ministers they have all been here.

”One cannot adequately convey our debt of gratitude to the Nigerian people, my principal will issue a formal statement but we felt compelled to talk to you having spent nearly 14 to 15 hours in this chambers.

“” There is the dignity of every person that we need to honour and cherish. We want to thank you; the journey is just beginning and we want to call on Nigerians, let us unite,” he said.

The vice president declared that: “What binds us together supersedes whatever divides us, let us unite as a people and face our common challenges.

“As I have always said, the trajectory of global growth is facing Africa, and Nigeria the greatest black nation on earth will make or mar that trajectory.’’

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Shettima said that even though it was a long day, it was a good day.

“Today is a great day for Nigeria. The Nigerian judiciary has proved itself to be the guardian of justice and fairness against the sirens of deception.

“It is a battle between the will of the people and the forces of misinformation and disinformation, but democracy has finally triumphed like the bird phoenix, It rises from the ashes resolute and unhindered and in this age of information discernment is our greatest armor and unity is our strongest hold.

“Remember, in this battle for the survival of the nation, in this grand symphony of democracy, your voice, your vote is the note that cannot be silenced but even in this moment of triumph, we are not going to tamper, we will work for the unity of this nation.

”Democracy as you all know is not a destination but a journey and it takes our resolve, our intent, our commitment to be the custodians of the will of the people,’’ he said.

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