Chief Margif emphasized that this call for withdrawal is crucial for promoting national unity and integration.
By Cynthia Ishaku:
Chief Yohanna Margif, a governorship aspirant for the Labour Party in Plateau State in the 2023 elections, has appealed to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to withdraw his legal case against President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 2023 presidential election.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday, Chief Margif also urged Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party who is also challenging Tinubu’s victory in court, to take a similar course of action. Chief Margif emphasized that this call for withdrawal is crucial for promoting national unity and integration.
“The new leadership of Nigeria under President Bola Tinubu has shown capacity to lead and improve the nation’s fortunes without fear or favour, which is crystal clear and visible within just four weeks in office.
“With is happening in Nigeria in the recent past, ranging from insecurity to unemployment and religious intolerance, it is critical to embark on a project of national unity and integration.
“This will ease the burdens and wounds caused by the outgone administration and enable Tinubu to sail the ship called the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the promised land.”
Margif commended Abubakar and Obi for choosing to present their case against the election results at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal rather than resorting to unconstitutional methods. He stated that this approach aligns with the principles of democracy, sportsmanship, patriotism, national unity, and integration.
The electioneering campaigns have come and gone, leaving behind the unsettled dust at the PEPT, where both Abubakar and Peter Obi are challenging the outcome of the election won by Tinubu.
“This is democracy, and everyone has the right to be heard, but that notwithstanding, I wish to applaud the presidential candidates of all political parties for the peaceful conduct during the elections.
“Also for seeking legal redress over conflict, which is the virtue and spirit of sportsmanship.
“However, I call on both Obi and Abubakar to sheath their swords by withdrawing their cases at the tribunal for the sake of national unity and integration,” he said.
Margif, identifying himself as an Ambassador of Peace, emphasized that the ascent of Tinubu to the presidency was a result of divine will and was chosen for Nigeria by God. He further highlighted that Tinubu’s rise to the presidency occurred independently, without the influence of a political mentor, as it was solely orchestrated by the divine hand of God.
“Today, what all Nigerians are looking for is good governance and dividends of democracy and, as it stands, President Tinubu is already on the right track to economic recovery and nation-building.
“In my opinion, Tinubu is the will of God and we must accept it because, while I, for instance, voted for Obi; some voted for Abubakar, others voted for Tinubu but the outcome of the election favoured Tinubu.
“Personally, regardless of my litigation against LP’s Plateau State Chapter and the National Executive Councils pending before the Federal High Court in Abuja, I’m willing to withdraw the case and forgive all.
“As such, I also suggest that Obi and the LP, as well as Abubakar and the PDP, should do the same in the interest of national integration,” he said.