Rejects INEC’s result
Don’t go to court – Agbakoba, Momoh urge Atiku
PRESIDENTIAL candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Waziri Atiku Abubakar, has rejected the result of the 2019 presidential poll in which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the incumbent President and the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari winner, yesterday.
Atiku made this known yesterday, during a World Press Conference he hosted at the Ya’Adua Centre Abuja.
He said that his rejection of the result was based on the fact that the result was a flawed one. Atiku described as electoral fraud the result of the presidential elections of Saturday, February 23, which was announced by chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and said that the verdict did not reflect the will of the Nigerian People.
His words: “Let me say I am not speaking as a member of the People’s Democratic Party. I am speaking as a Nigerian when I say the electoral fraud by the Buhari Administration cannot produce a government of the people for simple reason that it does not reflect the will of the Nigerian people.”
“It is based on these reasons, that I, Atiku Abubakar, rejected the result declared by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) declaring Muhammadu Buhari duly returned by majority of lawful vote.”
He described the just concluded election as the worst election ever witnessed in the history of Nigeria, adding that the most shocking of all the malpractices were the suppressed votes in his party’s (PDP’s) areas of strength and the slim margin of victory recorded for him Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, the South-East zone among other PDP strongholds. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015? He wondered. Atiku also cited statistical impossibilities in the INEC result which states had ravaged by wars and violent crises recording higher voter turnouts than peaceful states.
“Like I always said, this year marks my three decades in Nigeria struggle for democracy. But this is the worst election in those 30 years and so I told Gen. Abdusalam, two nights ago, when he called me. I told him that not even the military has conducted such a worst and sham election.”
Atiku revealed that within hours of INEC chairman’s announcement of the presidential poll result, several internal investments left Nigeria. While urging international investors and friends of Nigeria not to pull out from the country the “Nigeria stock market has lost about N85billion just yesterday,” he said.
While calling on all lovers of Nigeria, PDP supporters and the entire Nigerian people to crave a better democracy in the country, he urged them to remain calm, patient and steadfast and to keep fate as those who stole their mandates will return it. He assured his supporters that he will triumph, adding that his team has the real results and facts of the election. He said that his next step will be revealed in no distant time.
“It is a long journey but I am confident of victory. All hope is not lost. Stay strong. By the grace of God, we shall triumph, for Rome is not built in a day,” he said.
In another development, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in last Saturday’s election, Atiku Abubakar, has been urged not to go to court because of his loss but to accept the outcome in good faith.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Olisa Agbakoba, in a piece titled, ‘2019 Presidential Election: Ethnic Consideration vs Governance Consideration,’ yesterday,, advised Atiku against approaching the court and urged him not to lose sight of the legacy and greatness ahead of him.
He described Atiku as being in a position to take up the mantle of a statesman and build a ‘new Nigeria movement’ from the array of small parties, third force actors, change actors and millions who were desperate for a strong and united Nigeria.
Agbakoba said he did not mean that the election was devoid of irregularities.”I can see how tempting it is to take the option of the Election Petition Tribunal. But that, in my view, is not the right decision.
“We look forward to a new Nigeria, strong and united; a new Nigeria that will not vote on the basis of ethnic and primordial sentiments.”
Noting that the voting pattern of last Saturday’s presidential election showed that ethnicity played a significant role result, he said both the APC and the PDP benefited from “primordial voting.”
Also, Prince Tony Momoh, former Minister of Information, yesterday, advised the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Feb. 23 election, Atiku Abubakar not to go to court but to concede defeat by calling and congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari just as former President Goodluck Jonathan did in 2015.
Momoh gave the advice while speaking to newsmen in Lagos in reaction to the declaration of Buhari as winner of the polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the former minister, Atiku would earn respect, nationally and internationally if he accepts the outcome of the results as the wish of the people. A beautiful thing happened shortly after the results were announced in the 2015 general elections; Jonathan called the winner (Buhari) and congratulated him. That singular act not only made Jonathan a respected national figure, but also an international figure.
“Therefore, as a national leader, I will call on our friend, Atiku to call Buhari and congratulate him. That will make him not just a national figure like Jonathan, but also an international figure. Though court is an option, I advise him not to go to court because time will tell if he will get any reckoning after doing so. He should not allow anybody to deceive him, instead, he should immediately call Buhari to congratulate him,” Momoh said.