The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the 23rd February elections has rejected the results by the Independent National Electoral Commission which returned president Buhari elected.
He said in his many years of being in politics, he never saw the magnitude of rascality and shamelessness exhibited by the ruling party on the election day.
He said that because he did not lose in a free and fair contest, there was no way he could call and congratulate the winner.
He questioned the involvements of the military in the process in some states which are regarded as PDP strongholds.
He promised to use all legal and democratic means to bring to the fore the events of last Saturday with a view to redeeming his mandate.
Atiku said he would challenge the outcome in the courts in the days ahead.
He has also provided some documented evidence of the alleged irregularities of the polls.
INEC had declared Buhari winner of the presidential election having polled the highest number of the total votes cast
READ THE FULL STATEMENT BY MR ABUBAKAR BELOW
Democracy Will Not Be Emasculated in Nigeria, By Atiku Abubakar
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 oft-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. (See attached links to documentary evidences).
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.
Waziri Atiku Abubakar
27th February 2019
BELOW IS THE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE PROVIDED BY THE PDP CANDIDATE
1. Electoral violence. Video: https://web.facebook.com/NHTABH/videos/246942262850224/
2. Unknown gunmen disrupting election in Buguma, Rivers State. Video: https://web.facebook.com/infohq/videos/287855205222326/