Presidential Election: PDP, Atiku React to Supreme Court Verdict

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The People’s Democratic Party has said it was shocked by the verdict of the Supreme Court on Wednesday which dismissed the appeal filed by its candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, against the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, lamented that despite making a “solid case with undisputable evidence” that its candidate won the election, the Apex Court held otherwise.

The PDP held that the judgment was against the expectations of Nigerians who participated in the presidential election.

The party however said it was awaiting the Supreme Court justices to release the reasons behind their ruling.

“Notwithstanding, the distinction of our case remains for Nigerians, including generations yet unborn, to appreciate.

“The PDP expresses gratitude to millions of Nigerians across board for voting Atiku Abubakar in the election as well as for their unflinching support for our party during the election and throughout the duration of court proceedings.

“Nevertheless, our party, indeed the nation, awaits the justices of the Supreme Court to release their reasons behind their verdict,” PDP said.

Nigerian Judiciary has been Sabotaged—Atiku

Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar has described the verdict of the Supreme Court on Wednesday as part of the democratic challenges Nigeria must face as a nation.

Atiku in a statement released on his verified Twitter handle said Nigerians would decide whether justice was done or not by the Apex Court, saying he had already fought a good fight for Nigerians and would continue to fight for democracy.

The former Vice President noted that the “Nigerian judiciary, just like every estate of our realm, has been sabotaged and undermined by an overreaching and dictatorial cabal, who have undone almost all the democratic progress the “PDP” and its administrations nurtured for sixteen years, up until 2015.”

“When democracy is rolled back, the economy, the society and the judiciary will not be far behind. Today, the nail has been put on the coffin and the gains we collectively made since 1999 are evaporating, and a requiem is at hand.

“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.

“Two and a half millennia ago, Sophocles said “If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: “Thou shalt not ration justice.” Nigeria will do well to observe this warning.

“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?

“This is not a time for too many words. It will suffice for me to remind Nigeria of this – we are an independent nation and we are the architects of our fate. If we do not build a free Nigeria, we may end up destroying her, and God forbid that that should be the case,” Atiku said.