Prof. Isaac Albert, a public affairs pundit, urged the country’s biggest opposition parties on Saturday to abandon their efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election held on February 25.
It will be preferable and assist prevent future waste of resources, Albert told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.
On Wednesday, the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT) upheld the election results, declaring All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate President Bola Tinubu as the victor.
He came in second, ahead of the People’s Democratic Party’s Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and third, ahead of the Labour Party’s Mr. Peter Obi.
Peace and Conflict Studies professor at the University of Ibadan, Albert, said the judges’ analyses showed the opposition parties to be thoroughly defeated.
Their arguments just did not hold water.
“An explicit constitutional explanation also put to rest the contention that a particular percentage of votes cast in the FCT may make or break the win of a competitor.
If the opposition chooses to appeal the verdict, the Supreme Court will find that the tribunal has already done more than 80% of the work.
“Therefore, I think that it will be a waste of time and resources for those challenging Tinubu’s victory because they have no evidence,” the academic said.
The professor went on to say that the decision was not only fascinating and enlightening, but will also be remembered for its focus on constitutional concerns.