Senator Ajibola Basiru, the National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling political party in Nigeria, has expressed strong skepticism regarding the validity of the petitions contesting President Bola Tinubu’s victory in the 2023 presidential election, deeming them “profoundly futile.”
In a recent interview with Channels Television on Sunday, Basiru conveyed his dismissive stance towards the legal challenges initiated by Atiku Abubakar from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi from the Labour Party (LP) against Tinubu’s election triumph.
Furthermore, Basiru refuted any notions circulating about the APC preparing for a potential rerun of the election. He elaborated, “Drawing upon my comprehensive comprehension of Nigeria’s electoral legislation, coupled with my review of the petitions and active participation in the legal proceedings, I am compelled to assert that all petitions contesting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s electoral victory lack substantive merit. Engaging with such petitions would be an exercise in futility.”
He said, “From my knowledge of electoral law in Nigeria and having read the petitions and also being part of the proceedings, I would say that all the petitions against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s election are hopeless, and nobody needs to even waste time in dismissing same.
“They are hopeless petitions, terribly hopeless,” he added.
He emphasized, “These petitions are bereft of any substantial legal foundation; indeed, they can be characterized as entirely devoid of merit.”
Basiru’s comments reflect the APC’s unyielding confidence in the legitimacy of President Tinubu’s electoral success, highlighting their firm belief that the legal challenges mounted against it hold no significant weight and are ultimately destined for dismissal.