Nigeria: Buhari Goes to Supreme Court

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari
22 December 2004

Abuja — Presidential candidate of the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, yestereday, in Abuja vowed that only death would stop him from the legal battle against the election of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Buhari said this while addressing a press conference at the party's secretariat on the recent judgement of the Appeal Court upholding Obasanjo's election and dismissing his petition.

Buhari noted that he would neither be weary nor give up because of the judgement but would fight on no matter the time it would take "to pursue his matter to its logical conclusion, we certainly hope to uncover the truth of the result of the presidential election".

Buhari flanked by the National Chairman of the ANPP, Chief Don Etiebet and Governor Bukar Abba Ibrahim of Yobe State, boldly declared, "let me seize this opportunity to reassure Nigerians and the international community that so long as I am alive, I will never abandon this struggle. I will never tire in the pursuit of any right that belongs to the people of Nigeria. No doubt, Nigeria deserves more than what we witnessed in 2003".

Buhari said he and his party will head to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgement of the Court of Appeal, praying, "May God be with us as we go to the Supreme Court".

Counsel to Gen. Buhari, Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN) said the suit will be filed within 21 days of the press briefing.

Ahamba said they would be asking the apex court to review the judgement of the Court of Appeal reiterating his confidence in the Nigerian judiciary.

Speaking, Chief Etiebet and Governor Ibrahim said that the crisis in the party was over and "we now have a united and vibrant party we are one" they both said.

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