- President Muhammadu Buhari described Atiku’s claim of victory in the 2019 election as laughable
- The president said he has always defeated the former vice president in every election
- Atiiku rejected the outcome of the election saying he is the rightful winner
President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that he won the 2019 presidential election as against the claim being made by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Atiku has challenged the outcome of the election claiming he is the rightful winner and has gone to court to challenge the result.
The Nation reports that President Buhari said he is more politically popular than the former vice president and has defeated him in every election they have both participated in.
The president in his response to the petition through his team of lawyers led by Wole Olanipekun said he even defeated Atiku in his (Atiku’s) polling unit in Adamawa.
He wondered why Atiku would think he would win on the platform of the PDP which he had in the past described as dead.
He said: “At every previous instance, whether at intra-party or inter-party contests, where he and the 1st petitioner (Atiku) had vied, he has always been the preference of the electorate and/or delegates.
“In particular, at the primary election conducted by the 3rd respondent (APC) in 2014, to pick its presidential candidate for the 2015 election, the 1st petitioner and the respondent (Buhari), amongst others, were the candidates; and while the respondent polled 3,430 votes, the 1st petitioner came a distant third with 954 votes.
“The 1st petitioner was at all material times prior to his decamping to the 2nd petitioner (PDP), shortly before the presidential election, a member of the 3rd respondent (APC).
“The 1st petitioner contested the presidential primary election of the 3rd respondent with the respondent in 2014 and after the respondent (Buhari) defeated him to a distant third place, the 1st petitioner joined the campaign train of the respondent immediately after the primary election, traversing all over the country and rightly declaring to all and sundry that respondent was the best choice available to the country for the position of President.
“On joining the 3rd respondent, the 1st petitioner consigned the 2nd petitioner to the grave, describing it as a dead party that is beyond redemption.
“The 1st petitioner could not have won the presidential election under the platform of a political, which he abandoned and described as having gone beyond redemption.
“The respondent enjoys a wide acceptability across the federation and is more popular and acceptable to the electorate than the 1st petitioner, leading to the respondent securing more votes than the 1st petitioner, even at the latter’s polling unit in Adamawa State.
“In the polling unit where the 1st petitioner registered for the election, while the 1st petitioner polled 167 votes, the respondent scored 186 votes.”
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari, also in his resonse to Atiku's petition, said he is far more qualified to be president than the PDP's presidential candidate.
He challenged Atiku to produce his academic credentials before the tribunal, reiterating that the petitions filed by the former vice president “are more about pre-election issues, which the Court of Appeal, sitting as a tribunal lacked jurisdiction.”
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