- Chief Olisa Agbakoba has advised Atiku not to go to court concerning his loss at the just concluded presidential election
- The former NBA president urged the PDP candidate to focus on building a third force
- Agbakoba said the APC and the PDP benefited from primordial voting
Chief Olisa Agbakoba has called on Atiku Abubakar who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to go to court following his rejection of the result of the presidential election.
INEC had officially declared Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the presidential election on Wednesday, February 27, and Atiku had swiftly rejected the result vowing to challenge it in court.
According to Premium Times, Agbakoba who is a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) urged Atiku not to go to court. He said both parties benefited from primordial voting except in the south west where voting was based on issues.
He instead urged Atiku to see his loss as an opportunity to develop the third force.
Agbakoba said: ”I understand the PDP is aggrieved about the outcome of the election and alleged massive irregularities but I urge former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar not to approach the Election Petition Tribunal.
”This is not to say I do not recognise the massive irregularities in the 2019 Presidential Election. I can see how tempting it is to take the option of the Election Petition Tribunal but that in my view is not the right decision.
”He might have moved backwards by his loss but he should not lose sight of the legacy and greatness that lies in front of him. He can build a new Nigeria movement from the motley of small parties, third force actors, change actors and millions who are desperate for a strong, united Nigeria."
The senior lawyer and activist said a lot of work needs to be done in both political and electoral reforms, urging Atiku to step into those shoes.
”The voting pattern for the 2019 Presidential Election shows ethnicity played a significant role in the Election. President Muhammadu Buhari kept his base in the North while former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar largely held his base in the South.
"Both All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) benefited from primordial voting. The excepted zone is the South-west where voting occurred on the basis of issues," he added.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented the certificate of return to President Buhari and his running mate, Yemi Osinbajo, following the victory of the APC in the February 23 presidential election.
Speaking before jubilant supporters during the certificate presentation at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, February 27, the president thanked Nigerians for their unwavering support.
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