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Tribunal: I would have been in trauma if Atiku had won – Buhari

Contrary to an earlier position that he was not bothered by the proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, President Muhammadu Buhari confessed on Friday he was under tension while the tribunal delivered its judgment on Wednesday.

Buhari on Friday said he would have been in trauma of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had ruled in favour of his challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Buhari, who received governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja said “On this judgement, again 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 memo. 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 our 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.”

Buhari said the victory at the tribunal was collective as it affected all the party members, governors and Nigerians, pointing out that a contrary judgement would also have affected all members of the party.

The President told APC party leaders and governors that there was a need to invest more into positioning the party for the future.

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