A Niger Delta Leader, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, on Wednesday, said his group came out to show solidarity with President Bola Tinubu because the petitions against him were frivolous and lacked substance.Dokubo spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) outside the premises of the Appeal Court Headquarters, Abuja, venue of the Presidential Election Petitions Court (PEPC).
The ex-militant, who gathered with his group, the Ijaw Youths for BAT in collaboration with National APC Supporters Centre and Northern Youths Network for Asiwaju, along the Shehu Shagari Way directly opposite the Head of Service Building, said he was hopeful that the case would be decided in their favour.
“We are here to show our presence in the court. We know that the case will be decided in our favour.
“The case is frivolous; they don’t have any substance in their case.
“But if you don’t come, they will come here and start to misbehave. And that is why we came.
“You have seen the overwhelming majority (pointing to members of his group); you can’t find them anywhere,” he said.
According to him, President Tinubu has been with me in my most trying period, and this is the time for me to pay back.
When asked what he would do if the outcome of the judgment did not favour his candidate, Dokubo simply said: “We know our case and we know that it will go in our favour.”
He said whichever way the pendulum of the judgment swings, “All Nigerians should come together and work for the good of the country.”
NAN reports that some of the placards carried by members of the groups had inscriptions like: “On Tinubu’s Mandate, We the Citizens Stand”, “Thank You President Tinubu for Restoring the Niger Delta Ministry”, and “President Tinubu Loves the Niger Delta”.
Inscription on another placard reads “The Office of the Citizens is Supreme, the Citizens Have Spoken, On Tinubu’s Mandate, We the Citizens Stand”, among others.
NAN reports that the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) are challenging the election victory of Tinubu.
The presidential poll was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Feb. 25.