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Atiku rejects Election results, says he’ll go to Court

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Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has rejected the results of the 2019 presidential poll.

Atiku made this known in a statement a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the election.

I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019…. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people. Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court,” he wrote on Facebook.

See the full statement below:

Democracy Will Not Be Emasculated in Nigeria

I thank the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty this past Saturday. The patriotism of Nigerians is heartwarming and affirms my oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria.

With regards to the Presidential elections that took place on February 23, 2019, it is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced.

One obvious red flag is the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states. 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% less than what they were in 2015?

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

The militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship. In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect. This is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.

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. I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days.

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, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.

I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.

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.

Signed:
Waziri Atiku Abubakar
27th February 2019

5 Comments

  1. jessica alo

    February 27, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Which is why Buhari made his person the CJN.
    Everything was a setup.

  2. Lilly

    February 27, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Nothing was a setup, Atiku should just take defeat as a gentleman, chill, not be a sore loser and disgrace the country in the eyes of the world in the process.

    • Ross

      February 28, 2019 at 10:06 am

      The country has been disgraced already. Foreign observers called the election process a scam. So read before you comment

    • Fleur

      February 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Your comment is the reason Why it’s easy to conclude Nigerians deserve dictators and not democracy. someone perceives that a process he participated in is unfair- whether he is right or wrong is arguable. You are saying he should suppress his voice and not try to contest and validate his loss or win in a part of the democratic institution that governs the affairs of men. How undemocratic! Read Paulo Freire and rank your attitude and comment. Then free yourself from bondage. This comment is not about AtikU’s vote being stolen. I personally did not like him. Did not like BUhari either. its about ensuring that what is happening to the goose is fair because I am a potential gander and my goodness, I’d love to have the opportunity to contest perceived wrongdoing, even if I am no such victim.

  3. Ada

    February 27, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Of course the election was not free and fair. You mobilize Citizens and spread them out in the sun but decide the winner before the day of elections. Evil men.

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