Oshiomhole lambastes Atiku over his decision to take the presidential election result to court.
Following the official announcement of the presidential election result on Wednesday morning by Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, declaring President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the election, having scored 15,191, 847,while Atiku polled 11,262,978 votes., the People’s Democratic Party candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar rejected the result and promised to take it to court.
Atiku said the election was rigged in favour of the opposition APC and that voters in his stronghold were denied the right to cast their votes.
Atiku said he would not congratulate the President because the election was not free and fair but marred by many irregularities.
Atiku in a statement titled, ‘Democracy will not be emasculated in Nigeria,’ insisted that there were predetermined malpractices in many states.
Atiku, in a statement he personally signed early on Wednesday morning, said, “If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.
“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President (Umaru) Yar’Adua was remorseful.
“In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.
The Independent National Electoral Commission went ahead and presented the re-elected Buhari and his running mate Prof. Yemi Osinbajo the return certificate despite the petition from PDP.
Atiku is never destined to be president- Oshiomhole
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Oshiomhole lambastes Atiku saying the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded election was never destined to be Nigeria’s President.
He stated this on Thursday during a press conference in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Oshiomhole was reacting to an earlier comment made by Atiku where he stated that the nation’s future rests with his presidency.
“But I think it also borders on arrogance. For Atiku Abubakar to suggest that our future is tied to his presidency. Atiku is destined never to be President of Nigeria,” Oshiomhole said.
He also accused Atiku of decamping from one political party to another all in a desperate bid to become the nation’s President.
According to Oshiomhole, Atiku’s alleged desperation created a conflict with former President Olusegun Obasanjo when he was Vice President.
“Atiku’s desperation is so obvious. He is so desperate that in 2003, he challenged his own boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo not to do a second term.
“He decamped to join (the defunct) Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). I was in ACN then, we offered him the ticket and he lost the election and returned to PDP.
“He contested again and lost the nomination and because he has only his interest at heart, he decamped again from PDP and returned to APC.
“He joined us in Lagos and rolled out the dollars, but we voted for Buhari as our candidate. He knew that he cannot defeat Buhari in the primary and went back to the PDP.
“Does he think that Nigerians are so insane as to think that a man who is not stable and whose interest is about himself will be a possible candidate to be elected at a time like this?” he questioned.