Atiku Abubakar And The 2019 Election Rejection


The rejection of the presidential election results as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is quite unfortunate and deplorable.


While the candidates of other political parties have been conceding defeat, Atiku Abubakar has taken a contrary measure.


Recall that Atiku Abubakar was a signatory to the pre-election peace pact, in which both he and the eventual victor, President Muhammadu Buhari pledged to honour the outcome of the presidential election regardless of who emerged victorious. So saying he would not accept the results as declared by the electoral umpire shows that he is not a man of his words.


In his rejection statement,  he said that how was it possible  that states in the northeast that were ravaged by insurgency recorded larger voter turnout than states that were peaceful.

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it is simple logic that states that have been ravaged by an insurgency that begun and escalated under the mis- governance of the PDP, and who had experienced greater peace and security under President Muhammadu Buhari  should realize what is at stake and the importance of coming out en-mass to sustain the gains of the past four years by re-electing the president.


The militarization of the election as alleged by Mr Atiku is just another excuse of the losing party to discredit the process but Nigerians are not fooled, all elections since 1999 have had the military playing a significant role given the nature of the Nigerian society particularly with Boko Haram insurgency in the backdrop.


Even before the election proper started, most clear thinking Nigerians Knew that the PDP presidential candidate could not muster the required support to dislodge President Muhammadu Buhari, especially judging by his anti-people policies and his antecedent in fraudulent practices.

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How can Nigerians allow him to be president, when he campaigned on the promise of selling the NNPC to his friends and granting amnesty to looters, thereby reversing the excellent strides of the past four years of President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly in the area of anti-corruption.


Also, Atiku Abubakar campaigned in only 19 states of the federation while President Buhari campaigned in all the 36 states of the federation including Abuja pulling massive crowds and endorsements.


Even before the final declaration of the collated presidential results, some of Mr Abubakar’s cohorts in the PDP have been calling for the rejection of the results, some even exhorted Atiku  to form a parallel government in total disregard of the precept of our constitution.


So his present declaration is of no surprise to us, it is this elements who might have misled him into denouncing the outcome and going to the court.

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The President and the APC have always reiterated their commitment to a free and fair process, and several international observers have attested to the fairness of the exercise. Nigeria has gone past the era of flagrant election rigging and impunity as experienced under the PDP in the first sixteen years of Nigeria’s democracy, in which Atiku was a key player. A factor that must be affecting his perception of the whole electoral outcome.


While we acknowledge his democratic right to seek redress at the court, we would remind Mr Atiku Abubakar and the PDP that Nigeria is a nation of laws and as such they should act accordingly.


Thank you


Dr Tom Ohikere

National Coordinator, APC Broom Platform

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