Nigerians react as Atiku loses at Supreme Court

The news of former Nigeria’s Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar’s loss at the Supreme Court has set social media on fire.

Atiku had challenged the judgement of the Presidential Election Tribunal which affirmed the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the February 2019 poll.

However, the Supreme Court in an unanimous judgement on Wednesday affirmed that Buhari was validly elected as Nigeria’s President in the 23 February presidential election.

A seven-man panel of the court, headed by Justice Tanko Ibrahim Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of Buhari at the election.

The news has prompted mixed reactions among Nigerians on social media. See some reactions below:

Demola Olarewaju@DemolaRewaju

It’s now quite obvious that the farce of a Democracy being practised under APC and Buhari may not end anytime soon as the CJN has for the FIRST TIME in any Democratic history in Nigeria departed from norm and handpicked Judges to preside over the Atiku appeal at the SC.

Demola Olarewaju@DemolaRewaju

In matters like these with high public interest and political tension on electoral disputes, Justice is not only to be done but care is usually taken to make it seem by all that Justice was done; hence, Nigeria’s CJNs always empanel the 7 most senior Judges at the SC to preside.

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Demola Olarewaju@DemolaRewaju

The idea is always to leave no room for accusations of bias on the part of Judges by following the established protocol of picking Judges by seniority to preside on such cases – those who will complain will still make noise but the saner majority will understand the process.

Demola Olarewaju@DemolaRewaju

So in 1979 when Awolowo challenged Shagari, CJN Atanda Fatai-Williams chose alongside himself most senior Judges – Mohammed Bello, Andrew Obaseki, Kayode Eso, Ayo Irikefe, Chike Idigbe and Mohammed Uwais.

This was the first time of such and one was left out but precedent set.

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Adebayo Bankole Akintunde@AdeBanqie

Court nullified Zamfara APC’s votes in 2019 election – Good for Democracy

Court removed APC from the ballot in River States – Good for Democracy

Court refused to declare Buhari as winner in 3 elections – Good for Democracy

Atiku loses at the Supreme Court – This is Tyranny.🙅‍♂️

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Adebayo Bankole Akintunde@AdeBanqie

Court nullified Zamfara APC’s votes in 2019 election – Good for Democracy

Court removed APC from the ballot in River States – Good for Democracy

Court refused to declare Buhari as winner in 3 elections – Good for Democracy

Atiku loses at the Supreme Court – This is Tyranny.🙅‍♂️

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Adebayo Bankole Akintunde@AdeBanqie

Shout out to

1. Atiku’s lawyers
2. The brain behind non-existent INEC server
2. Osita, the useless Star witness
3. The fake Kenyan ICT data analyst
4. Vociferous Segun Showunmi
5. Atiku’s online defenders

Y’all are the real winners of Atiku’s FAILED appeal. Y’all cashed out.

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Ayekooto@DeeOneAyekooto

Idiagbon was in Saudi Arabia when IBB overthrew BUHARI GOVERNMENT in 1985. PMB is in Saudi Arabia today when BUHARI GOVERNMENT crushed Atiku.

Equation Balanced!

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William Ukpe@William_Ukpe

If you’re cheering because Atiku has lost in the supreme court

Let me tell you something about Tyranny

It needs blood to maintain momentum, once the original enemies have been sidelined they will come for their very own supporters

From Hitler to Pinochet to Mugabe, you’re next

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Babasola Kuti@RealSolaKuti

Dear Nigerians, the matter don cast.
PDP cannot save you.
Atiku cannot save you.
The judiciary cannot save you.
The legislature cannot save you.

Only you can save yourself!

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Nedu Ekeke #BBOG

@Nedunaija

Sorry to you guys who were heavily invested in the Atiku project. You did no wrong. You did your best.

If u followed the process very well, then I’m sure you’d have seen the loopholes the ruling party exploited.

After some time off, please let’s start working towards reforms

Nedu Ekeke #BBOG

@Nedunaija

Any system that requires you to carry Polling Unit results to physical Collation Centres is a joke.

That’s what your Electoral Act stipulates. Which is why the Electoral Act is a joke.

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Nedu Ekeke #BBOG

@Nedunaija

Any system that insists on proving over voting simply by comparing total votes cast AGAINST registered voters, INSTEAD of ONLY ACCREDITED VOTERS, is a joke.

That’s what the Electoral Act stipulates. That’s why the Electoral Act is a joke.

Nedu Ekeke #BBOG

@Nedunaija

The Electoral Act insists over-voting should ONLY be proved at the PU level, instead of either at the Ward or LGA level.

So, if we have 3000 PUs in a state, how do we, within 14 days, tender 3000 INEC registers & 3000 INEC result sheets to prove over-voting in that state?

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Tosin Olugbenga@TosinOlugbenga

Same way APC Twitter thinks everyone who criticise Buhari’s govt supports Atiku/PDP, it’s same way PDP twitter thinks criticizing Buhari’s govt translates to wanting them back in power.

You had 16yrs to put up a transparent electoral process that would make rigging difficult.

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Tosin Olugbenga@TosinOlugbenga

Buhari would finish his second term and their nothing PDP can do about it except making noise.

That some Nigerians show displeasure to Buhari’s govt does not translate to wanting PDP/Atiku back in power.

It’s simply the right of citizens to criticize their govt.

Tosin Olugbenga@TosinOlugbenga

And for Buhari and his party APC, you also have the opportunity in your hands to make Nigeria a better place for its citizens.

Pass laws to strengthen our electoral laws to make rigging impossible, if you fail you would also cry someday like PDP is crying presently.

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Alhaji Table Breaker@yemi_adebowale

CJN to Dr Livy Uzokwu, “If you want time to make up your mind, we will give you time. We don’t want you to go and write a petition against us later that we are the one that pushed you to make a decision.”

Why the hostility from CJN to the PDP/Atiku team? Who are the we?

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J.

@Johannxs

Atiku’s lawyers are the ultimate winners.

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Enugu Adopted Son™@Swaaguu_Baba

Atiku should just go and rest, even if he goes to all the courts in the world he’ll just end up being fucked and he won’t still cum.

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Ebube The Statesman@akaebube

My attention has been drawn to the fact that Supreme court has dismissed Atiku’s Appeal

Today’s episode reminds of when clattenburg was ‘picked’ to officiate Chelsea v Man U those Baba Fergie days

The man just gave 2 Red cards to Chelsea and it was game over

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onyemaechi chigbu@osychigbu

Console yourself. Tell yourself the truth now and always. You lost because you’re a fraudster. Every aspect of your career has been bedevilled with all manner of fraudulent practices. From Customs to VP. Nigeria doesn’t deserve your kind anymore. You’ve done enough damage already https://twitter.com/atiku/status/1189570240834920453 

Atiku Abubakar

@atiku

It is said that the Supreme Court is not final because it is infallible, but that it is infallible because it is final.

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THE PEN@Samcleave_Ng

AA might have lose out but he gave a good brave fight that exposed the flaws in our judiciary and he made us know how flawed our electoral system is, we hoped he came but the corrupt ones who don’t want us to see the prosperity in the ATIKU’S PLAN refuted. I don’t regret anything https://twitter.com/atiku/status/1189570267334500353 

Atiku Abubakar

@atiku

Replying to @atiku

I was a democrat, I am a democrat, and I will always continue to be a democrat. May God bless Nigeria. -AA

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Abdul@ishakaa

Atiku Abubakar

@atiku

It is said that the Supreme Court is not final because it is infallible, but that it is infallible because it is final.

Basheer Usman@basheerusman14

Atiku knows he can’t win. He might possibly be using this to cover up his ass Against those corruption allegations against him.

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BLAC SMILE🌎@BlaCnProuD

That some people are criticizing this current government doesn’t means Nigeria want @atiku to rule. Stimulate is not the answer

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Babasola Kuti@RealSolaKuti

If you like be there celebrating Atiku’s loss at the supreme court.

Atiku may not be ‘cuming’, as you people are mouthing…but you the broke ass APC supporter are more certain to be screwed.

Proudly Nigerian@liteventures

Funny how every PDP supporter is a businessman or businesswoman with so much money like Mompha, HushPuppy it whatever shit he calls himself and Atiku himself..Yeah, millionaires indeed..All of una go get sense by force..Border is closed, EFCC is on fire..No more easy money guys!

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Otunba Olatunji Miki@Jumwalter

Let ur @atiku run one million times , he can never come , He is a confirmed mugu to be magad

Z.@Zennyharry

He is not my Atiku. I am not interested in whether he wins or not. Please go and rest and stop jumping into convos with assumptions.

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