Atiku: Saturday Feb. 23 presidential election, a sham

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    Atiku Abubakar

    ALHAJI Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the February 23 presidential election as a sham. He consequently rejected the result of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 

    His party, the PDP had also rejected the election result.

    In a statement he signed, Wednesday, Abubakar noted that there were evidence of dereliction, which questions the validity of the result and “consequently, I hereby reject the result of the Feb. 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.”

    In his statement, Abubakar, a former Vice President of the country, assured 

    that together, “we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.”

    He continued: “I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations.

    “If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

    “However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, Feb. 23.”

    He stated: “I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.”

    Pointing out part of the discrepancies and anomalies in the election, he stated that, “the suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50 per cent less than what they were in 2015?

    “Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the PDP in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations.”

    “I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days,” he said.

    He stated: “I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.”

    The electoral commission had announced President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the election, polling 15,191,847 votes, to defeat Abubakar, who scored 11,255,978 votes to place second.

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