John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, has emphasized that Bola Ahmed Tinubu cannot be considered Nigeria’s President until the courts have completed their adjudication process and officially declared the election results.
The former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) stated in a Friday interview that the tribunal holds the ultimate authority in determining the rightful winner of the February 25 election.
Cardinal Onaiyekan’s remarks highlight the importance of allowing the legal process to run its course in resolving electoral disputes. He underscored the significance of the tribunal’s verdict, which will ultimately ascertain the legitimate winner of the election in question.
As an influential religious leader, Cardinal Onaiyekan’s statements carry weight and resonate with many Nigerians who uphold the principles of justice and adherence to the rule of law. His call for respect for the judicial process reinforces the notion that electoral outcomes should be decided through legal procedures rather than premature assumptions.
The February 25 election has drawn significant attention, and the outcome has been a subject of intense scrutiny. Cardinal Onaiyekan’s reminder of the tribunal’s role in settling disputes underscores the importance of ensuring fair and transparent electoral processes to uphold the nation’s democratic values.
As the legal proceedings unfold, the public and political actors are keenly watching the tribunal’s deliberations to ascertain the rightful winner. The matter remains subject to judicial review and will continue to be a focal point of national discourse until a definitive verdict is delivered.
Cardinal Onaiyekan’s intervention serves as a reminder to all stakeholders to await the tribunal’s decision without jumping to conclusions or making premature declarations about the presidency. The emphasis on the rule of law and respect for the judicial system can play a pivotal role in maintaining peace and stability during this crucial period in Nigeria’s political landscape.