- Atiku Abubakar, the PDP's presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections has said that his legal tussle has ended with the Supreme Court judgement
- It should be noted that the court on Wednesday, October 30, overruled his petition to challenge the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC's candidate
- Aitku said though he has been defeated by undermined cabal, he is not broken and would continue to fight for Nigeria's democracy
Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate has reacted to the Supreme Court judgement that finally put paid to his legal challenge against the sitting candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku said he has accepted that the judicial choice he made in going to court has come to an end with the loss he suffered at the court.
He, however, said that he would leave Nigerians to decide whether justice was really gotten at the court, adding that he would continue to fight for the nation’s democracy despite the recent defeat.
“It is said that the Supreme Court is not final because it is infallible, but that it is infallible because it is final. While I believe that only God is infallible everywhere, and only Nigerians are infallible in our democracy, I must accept that the judicial route I chose to take, as a democrat, has come to a conclusion.
Whether justice was done, is left to the Nigerian people to decide. As a democrat, I fought a good fight for the Nigerian people. I will keep on fighting for Nigeria and for democracy, and also for justice,” he said.
The PDP’s presidential candidate further said that the nation’s legal system has been compromised by the people he called “an overreaching and undermined cabal”.
He said this same people have set back all the feats and progressive steps his party had done for 16 years.
Atiku further said that normal electoral process of one-man-one-vote should be way democracy is made happen, and that when that goes awry, “the clock starts to tick”.
“In a democracy, you need a strong judiciary, a free press and an impartial electoral umpire. Nigeria has none of those three elements as at today.
“One man, one woman, one youth, one vote, should be the only way to make gains in a democracy. And when that is thwarted, the clock starts to tick,” he said.
The former vice president said that he has not been broken by the development as many would think, adding that he is too focused for that to happen.
“To those who think they have broken my spirit, I am sorry to disappoint you. I am too focused on Nigeria to think about myself. I gave up that luxury twenty years ago. The question is not if I am broken. The question is if Nigeria is whole,” he added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier report that the PDP expressed grave shock at the ruling of the Supreme Court. The party in a press release signed by its national publicity secretary said that the outcome of the court was the reverse of what Nigerians were expecting would happen.
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