Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has not demanded anything from President Muhammadu Buhari in respect of the February 23 presidential election.
The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, dismissed speculations that Atiku is making some demands from the president so as to jettison his decision to challenge the election result in court, dismissing such claims as outright falsehood. The party stated that nothing would change its resolve to challenge the outcome of the presidential election in the court.
The opposition party noted that it has all the authentic results from the various polling units from across the country and would lay them bare at the Election Petition Tribunal, so as to get justice for Nigerians.
“The Buhari Presidency and the APC know that their electoral robbery cannot stand before any noble justices and are now attempting to use all sorts of blackmail and shenanigans to derail the quest by Nigerians to reclaim the stolen mandate at the tribunal.
“However, let it be known to President Buhari and the APC that Atiku Abubakar and the PDP are standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigerians in this collective determination to take back the stolen mandate and we are not ready for any form of negotiation with anybody on this matter.
“Our party and candidate remain committed to the huge sacrifices made by Nigerians in ensuring our collective victory as delivered at the polling units across the country; we are mindful of the pains that Nigerians are passing through since the subversion of their will at the polls; we are sensitive to the expectations that millions of compatriots place on our shoulders in this struggle and we will never let Nigerians down.
“We have all the authentic results from all the polling units as well as forensic evidence of manipulations by the APC and INEC. We will bare them all at the tribunal and the court will give justice to Nigerians.
“On that note, the PDP states unequivocally that nothing will change its resolve to pursue this despicable electoral fraud, unknown in our political history, to its end.
“We shall devote every energy necessary to reclaim our mandate and have Atiku Abubakar declared president, in line with the will of the people as delivered at the polling units on February 23, 2019.
“Anything short of this is not acceptable and no amount of false reports, connivance, contrivance, intimidation, harassment and fresh attacks on our leaders, including the Director General of our Presidential Campaign, Senate President Bukola Saraki, whose residence was besieged by security agents last night, can alter this resolve,” the party said.