By Chesa Chesa
President Buhari Buhari has confessed that he was saved from anxiety and trauma over the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal judgement last Wednesday, by the fateful coincidence of his chairing a lengthy Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja the same day.
The FEC meeting lasted about seven hours, and ended as soon as the judgement, which lasted nine hours, was concluded in favour of the President and his All Progressives Congress (APC)
The Presidency had shortly after the issued a statement in which Buhari was said to have declared that he was never perturbed over the eventual outcome of the legal challenge of his reelection by the rival opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, addressing APC Governors who came to congratulate him at the State House, Abuja on Friday, Buhari thanked God that the FEC session and the judgement went on simultaneously, a development he described as fabulous.
“On this judgement, it was a fabulous coincidence that it came almost the same time the first Federal Executive Council meeting of this government was taking place. It lasted about the same time with the judgement.
“I thank God for that because I think I would have gone into trauma or something. So I was busy trying to concentrate on the memos. The first memo was on the Budget and it took more than five hours.
“So, while you were doing your thing for nine hours, we were doing ours for about seven hours here. It is a very interesting coincidence and I thank God for it because I would have been in trauma or something of that sort.
“So thank very much for sharing the glory with us. What I will say to your congratulations from the chairman of the party and the governors is that we make sure that we really institutionalise the party, so that when we leave the stage the party will continue to lead”, he told the governors.
Chairman of the APC Governors Forum,
Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, extended the governors’ felicitations to the President on the favourable tribunal judgement, saying that although “we don’t know how it happened”, it should silence doubters of his election victory, especially as it was telecast live for transparency.
He said the governors never doubted the President’s positions, anyway but still glad that the law has affirmed it too; and that it was noteworthy he was not even distracted that day because of the FEC meeting.
National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, who accompanied the governors on the visit, declared that Buhari earned the election and the subsequent tribunal victory.
He asserted that by challenging the President’s academic qualification, the PDP tried in vain to sully the integrity which Buhari had invested in his political life.
He declared that the PDP chieftains had no one among them in their midst, who attained various commanding positions in public service and came out unstained.
“Of particular interest to us Mr. President as members of the Progressive family is that we are all aware that the only asset Mr. President has invested and continues to invest in your political journey and your political project is your integrity”, Oshiomhole stated.
He then assured the President of the continued support of the APC as he marches on to deliver his electoral promises to Nigerians.
Governors on the visit included Simon Lalong of Plateau State who also is Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum; Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State; Mohammed Inuwa of Gombe; Abdulrazak Abdulrahman of Kwara State; Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, among others.