…Insists on heading to Mandate tribunal

By Dirisu Yakubu

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dismissed reports in some news outlets that its Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar made some demands of President Muhammadu Buhari describing same as absolute falsehood and outright lies.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar

The party in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan yesterday, said the former Vice President “had not, and will never, make or accept any condition from President Buhari regarding the February 23, 2019 Presidential election.

The statement read: “The Buhari- led Presidency and the All Progressives Congress, 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.

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“We have all the authentic results from all the polling units as well as forensic evidence of manipulations by the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. We will bear them all at the tribunal and the court will give justice to Nigerians.

“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 (Friday night), can alter this resolve.”

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