Former Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen has advised Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party to join forces with to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government in effort to strengthen Nigeria’s unity and stability.
Tallen made this call during an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.
According to her, Tinubu’s victory was a “God-driven mission for the nation’s cohesion and steadfastness.”
This comes just a week after the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal upheld President Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 poll.
Tallen urged Obi and Atiku to accept the tribunal’s verdict and disregard any suspicions of election manipulation.
Tallen said: “The emergence of Tinubu as Nigeria’s President is a God project for the nation’s unity and stability.”
She added that Tinubu faced series of obstacles during the campaign, pointing to the “controversial naira redesign, and the vicious campaign of calumny, among others which would have truncated his ambition.”
She added: “But somehow, in spite of all these odds against him during the campaign, he still emerged as the winner.
“This is a confirmation that leadership comes from God and when God designs it, nobody can stop it.
“In any contest, there is bound to be a winner and a loser; it is okay that they challenged the election’s outcome in court, which is within their constitutional rights but Tinubu is now reconfirmed by the tribunal as president.
“In the interest of Nigeria, if we all love Nigeria and we all plan to serve and build this country to an enviable height, we should all join hands and build a nation of our collective dreams.
“They have their ideas but Tinubu also has his ideas. If we all put these ideas together on the table and work with him, I believe we will all be better off for it.”
Atiku and Obi challenged the outcome of the result, but the verdict of the tribunal did not favour them and fare proceeding to the Supreme Court.
During the election, INEC declared Tinubu winner with over 8 million votes, while Atiku and Obi came second and third respectively.