The Minister of Works, Senator Dave Umahi has called on the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi, not to contemplate appealing the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) which affirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu at the poll.
The PEPC had dismissed the suit filed by Obi and his PDP counterpart, Atiku Abubakar against Tinubu.
Obi, however, vowed to challenge the judgment of the tribunal in the Supreme Court.
But Umahi while answering questions from reporters in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital on Saturday when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Francis Nwifuru as part of his ongoing inspection of federal roads in the South-east, urged Obi not to go on appeal against the court judgment.
He said the LP presidential candidate will still fail in the Supreme Court as according to him, he came third at the general election.
The former Ebonyi Governor of Ebonyi claimed God told him that Tinubu will become President of the country in 2023 and it has manifested in his victory.
Umahi said: “Throughout the campaign period and even now, I keep saying it boldly that God told me that Tinubu will be President of Nigeria.
“It was tough here in the South-east but I am very happy that Tinubu eventually became the president of this country.
“Like I said in Imo State, God has a purpose for everybody. There was John the Baptist, there was Christ and there is still Christ.
“Peter Obi has served the purpose of John the Baptist for the Divine President Bola Tinubu Ahmed, that’s all that God brought him to do this time around.
“So, I advise him not to go to any court of appeal. I am not a lawyer but the Governor of Ebonyi State is a lawyer and he has interpreted the judgment and it has left no hope for any appeal.
“Those judges are spirits. They went into everything and dissected them just like getting a coconut and breaking it. You will get the water and everything and get the nut.
“So, I advise him not to go to appeal, he is not even second, he came third at the election; he is our brother. Let South-eastern people come together to support President Tinubu. He made us the number one minister even when we didn’t vote very well for him.
“But we voted even more than other regions because through the calling of John the Baptist, we were able to bring down PDP and that is a victory for APC”.
He called on the South-east to key into the centre to be treated fairly like other regions of the country.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued yesterday via his verified Facebook account, Osinbajo stated that the PEPC ruling was a great victory for Nigeria’s constitutional democracy and the rule of law.
The statement read: “Congratulations to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, and our great party, the All Progressives Congress, on the judicial affirmation of the victory at the presidential election of February 25, 2023.
“This ruling is a great victory for Nigeria’s constitutional democracy and its rule of law.
“The practice of democracy in our nation has been further strengthened by the fact that all parties faithfully followed the electoral process according to the law and relied on our courts in the event of a dispute.”
He added that President Tinubu and his administration now needed Nigerians to come together and work as one to achieve a common goal.
“Our nation now needs all of us to work together to address our challenges and to deliver the realisation of the incredible potential of our nation,” he said