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Atiku: My spirit unbroken, I remain a democrat, warns against justice rationing

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate in the February 2019 poll, on Wednesday went philosophical in his reaction to the Supreme Court’s judgment on his appeal against the Presidential Poll Tribunal verdict.

Reacting to his adversity amid calmness, Atiku said: “This is not a time for too many words. It will suffice for me to remind Nigeria of this – we are an independent nation and we are the architects of our fate.

“If we do not build a free Nigeria, we may end up destroying her, and God forbid that that should be the case.

I was a democrat, I am a democrat, and I will always continue to be a democrat. May God bless Nigeria.’’

To those who think they have broken my spirit, I am sorry to disappoint you. I am too focused on Nigeria to think about myself.

“I gave up that luxury twenty years ago. The question is not if I am broken. The question is if Nigeria is whole? Atiku, a former Vice-President (1999-2003), said on his twitter handle.

Going philosophical, he said: “Two and a half millennia ago, Sophocles said If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: “Thou shalt not ration justice.” Nigeria will do well to observe this warning.’’

Atiku had challenged the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the poll as upheld by the tribunal at the Apex Court.

Leading a six-member panel of justices, Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad, handed down a terse, three-sentence unanimous judgment in favor of Buhari.

Tanko said he and members of the panel had read all the documents and exhibits filed in the case for two weeks and found the appeal to be “lacking in merit’’.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has hailed Supreme Court’s judgment and for the nation’s judiciary for “standing firm in the face of the PDP and Atiku’s subterfuge.’’

The party said in a statement by its spokesman, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.

The PDP, in its reaction to the judgment, said Nigeria was in such “an untidy state that only God can
bail her out’’.

“Nigerians should remain resolute in their prayers to God… the country is in such “an untidy state that only God can bail” her out,’’ the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, said in a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi.

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