The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has rejected the outcome of the February 23 presidential election.
The former Vice President said there were premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced.
He said the anomalies at the election were glaring and that the militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to Nigeria’s’ democracy.
He further condemned the disruption of voting in the strongholds of the People’s Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and other states, saying the authorities did little or nothing to save the day and in some cases facilitated the unfortunate situations.
‘‘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?’’
‘‘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.’’
Atiku who said Nigeria’s democratic struggles has further been debased more than it ever has in three decades, said he would have called to congratulate the victor within seconds of his purported victory if he had lost in a free and fair election.
‘‘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.’’
The former Vice President has now vowed to contest the election results in court
‘‘Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.’’ He said