Former Vice President and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has stated that although his party lost the battle after the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, the war is not over.
Atiku made these remarks during a press briefing held at the PDP Headquarters in Abuja, where he reacted to the verdict of the five-man panel led by Justice Haruna Tsammani, which upheld the victory of President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday.
In response to the judgment, Atiku stated, “I respect the judgment of yesterday, but I refuse to accept it because it lacks justice. In the words of my mentor, Shehu Yar Adua, ‘losing a battle is less important than losing a war.’ We shall win the war of restoring confidence and restoring hope in our electoral system. The war is not over.”
He further explained, “My decision to go to court is anchored in my belief that the court is the sanctuary of justice. The journey of my political career, as you know, holds so much to the courage and fearless decisions of our judiciary.”
Atiku emphasized his familiarity with legal battles and his belief in the judiciary as a pillar of justice. He expressed concerns about the management of the last presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and stated that the court’s judgment had failed to restore confidence in the electoral process.
He reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening democracy through fair hearings and appealed to his supporters to remain steadfast.
Atiku announced his intention to exercise his constitutionally guaranteed right of appeal to the Supreme Court, believing that the electoral process should be transparent and free from manipulation. He concluded by drawing inspiration from the late Shehu Yar’Adua, emphasizing that even though they may have lost a battle, the war to restore confidence in the electoral system is ongoing.
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