The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), has reacted to the loss of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar in last weekend’s election, saying the former vice president was never destined to be Nigeria’s president.
The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, stated this at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.
“I think it also borders on arrogance for Atiku Abubakar to suggest that our future is tied to his presidency. Atiku is destined never to be president of Nigeria,” Oshiomhole said. He continued:
Rather than Atiku thinking that rigging has come to stay and could not understand why the numbers can’t add up in the absence of massive rigging, he should be reminded that the essence of the collective effort that has been made and the intervention of genuine friends of Nigeria has been to try to improve the electoral process such that rigging can be eliminated or reduced to a tolerable level.
We have a petition that we have written to INEC – how we were rigged out in Akwa Ibom state and it is interesting that it is PDP that is complaining about the outcome of the election in Akwa Ibom state. How do you explain that INEC cancelled so many units not only in Akwa Ibom state but so many other states in order to be able to declare PDP candidates as winners? That is how Senator Akpabio was rigged out in Akwa Ibom state.
When he said even if he would die he would sell NNPC, many believed that he had already collected deposit and so if those depositors now see that it cannot be business as usual and decide to take their flight, we don’t even want them to come back. Was he going to rule Nigeria against our wish? Citizens must hold their leaders accountable for their policy choices.