In a recent development, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has vehemently denied extending congratulations to President Bola Tinubu regarding his triumph at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Atiku firmly refuted claims of issuing any congratulatory message to Tinubu, asserting that such reports are fabricated and driven by individuals desperately seeking validation for what he perceives as an unlawful usurpation of the will of the Nigerian people.
In a statement conveyed by his Media Aide, Paul Ibe, Atiku clarified his stance, emphasizing that endorsing electoral malpractice would be tantamount to a betrayal of the Nigerian citizens who have tirelessly strived for years to establish the integrity of the electoral process.
Ibe elaborated, “If their conscience is clear and they are convinced that their victory is valid, they don’t have to blackmail their political opponents into congratulating them through fake news.
“Why should a man be desperate for validation? Does truth require validation? Why should you issue a congratulatory statement and attribute it to Atiku if your conscience is not troubled by the electoral heist you have perpetrated?
In contradiction to the misleading information propagated by Tinubu’s supporters, Atiku disclosed that he has instructed his legal team to proceed to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling of the election petition tribunal.
To highlight the spurious nature of the purported message, Atiku pointed out that it addressed Tinubu as the “President-elect,” a term he found ludicrous and out of sync with the actual timeline, considering the verdict came five months after the presidential inauguration.
Atiku emphasized that his efforts transcend personal interests, stating, “Though we know it is a pyrrhic victory, is it not ridiculous to still address Bola Tinubu as “President-elect” five months after swearing-in?
“This struggle is not about Atiku; it’s about Nigeria and the future of our democracy. By allowing election riggers to get away with their misdeeds, our democracy will be in greater jeopardy. Consent is essential to democratic mandate; ruling people against their will undermines everything democracy stands for.”