Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25 presidential election says the election that threw up Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as president-elect was flawed.
Atiku said the process would be challenged, stating that lawyers of the PDP were studying the outcome of the election and will advise on the next line to take to reclaim what he described as stolen mandate. He said he has much confidence in the Nigerian judicial system, hoping that the courts will give him justice.
“It was grossly flawed in every material sense and as such must be contested by all us,” Atiku said while addressing a media conference in Abuja Thursday. He alleged that the election was far from free and fair.
“The dreams and aspirations of Nigerians were shattered by the conduct of Independent National Electoral Commission which failed woefully to conduct a free and fair election,” Atiku said.
He expressed concern that INEC rushed to announce the election results despite serious complaints of failure of BVAS, non-electronic transmission of election results which runs contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act.
“This battle to right the wrongs is not about me. It is about the future of those who are seated here, Nigerians and about the future of Nigeria youths,” he stated, urging his supporters to remain peaceful in the face of the provocation, saying he is committed to a prosperous and peaceful Nigeria.
“It is my hope that the judiciary will redeem itself this time around,” he stated, adding that in the end, who wins is not as important as the credibility of the nation’s electoral system.
Atiku urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and resolute, assuring that he and his party will not sit idly back and watch the rights of their supporters taken from them. “Your voices will be heard,” he said.