Full Statement of Atiku’s Reaction to Presidential Election Result

Published February 27, 2019


Atiku Abubakar
This is the full statement of PDP presidential candidate , Atiku Abubakar ’ s response to the outcome of the 2019 presidential election . It is entitled ,
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 often – 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

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