- Tanko Yakasai has urged President Buhari not to dismiss Atiku Abubakar from Nigeria's power equation
- Yakasai said Atiku should explore all opportunity available to him
- According to Yakasai, President Buhari only won political power while Atiku won economic power
A former president of the Shehu Shagari’s Liason Officer to the National Assembly, Tanko Yakasai, advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to dismiss the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Yakasai in an interview with The Sun said there would be consequences in putting Atiku away in power equation of the country.
Speaking on plan by Atiku go go legal over the results of the just concluded presidential election which took place on Saturday, February 23, Yakasai said Atiku should explore all opportunity available to him.
He said: "I always support people to go to court because the court is the final arbiter. I do not want anybody to be shortchanged. He should go to the full extent of his opportunity."
Yakasai said President Buhari only won political power while Atiku won economic power of the nation.
"Even if Buhari is allowed to go the way it is, what he has only won, is political power and even if Atiku did not win the election he won economic power," Yakasai said.
"The economic base of Nigeria voted for him. The oil producing areas of Nigeria voted for Atiku. What I am saying is that Buhari should not dismiss Atiku.
"No Nigerian can dismiss the support base of Atiku. You know when the Niger-Delta militants were active, how revenue went down in Nigeria; every local government was affected, not to talk of federal government institutions.
So he needs to use that power of government very carefully. You cannot now order the military to go and shoot people in Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom at will. Whoever wants to do that, should think of the consequences," he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) have regretted what they described as the lack of progress in election administration and conduct of political parties in Nigeria.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, March 11 Abuja, the African Regional Director of IRI, John Tomaszewski, expressed the disappointment of his delegation at the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
He stated that opinions of Nigerians on the entire exercise pointed to retrogression, as the country had not made any significant progress since the 2015 outing.
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