An APC group known as the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CCSO) for Tinubu/Shettima 2023 presidential election has called on the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi, to withdraw their case against President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. Both Atiku and Obi have challenged the declaration of the APC candidate as the winner of the February 25th presidential election.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the CCSO National Coordinator, Lilian Ogbole, stated that since Tinubu was already working towards fulfilling the desires of the other candidates, there was no need to continue the case in court. Ogbole emphasized that the Tinubu-led administration has demonstrated its readiness to work diligently in establishing peace, development, and progress in Nigeria.
Ogbole pointed out that well-meaning Nigerians and the international community have praised President Tinubu for his decisive actions in addressing national issues, as well as the transformative reforms and socio-economic policies he has implemented in less than 30 days in office. The group believes that these bold steps are gradually bringing relief and instilling hope in President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, not only for Nigerians but for the entire African continent.
The CCSO called on selfless Nigerians and patriots from all political parties to put aside their differences and support the government of national unity and inclusiveness. They stated that the victory in the presidential election was a victory for all Nigerians and should be seen as an opportunity for unity and progress.
The coalition further urged aggrieved candidates to withdraw their litigations against President Tinubu and join hands with him in the proposed national unity and all-inclusive government. They emphasized that this step would demonstrate that the struggles of these candidates are not personal or selfish but are driven by the national interest and the quest to restore the dignity of the people through people-friendly policies and programs.
The coalition also called on elder statesmen across the country to convene a round table meeting and appeal to all aggrieved parties not to undermine the will of the people through distractions, but instead join hands with the government that was elected by Nigerians to bring about positive change.