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Atiku calls presidential election a ‘sham’

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Abubakar Atiku Wednesday denounced Nigeria’s presidential election as a sham, and accused rival President Muhammadu Buhari of stealing the vote.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has refused to sign the result sheet of the Presidential election which was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.

INEC had on Tuesday night declared President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) re-elected, having won the highest votes of 15,191, 847 to defeat, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP who polled 11,262,978 votes.

Atiku in a statement said his supporters  and party members experienced widespread violence throughout the campaign, as well as deep irregularities in the counting process.

” 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.”

He urged his backers to remain calm for the sake of Nigeria, and vowed his party would emerge stronger in the following days ahead.


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