‘Not even the military has conducted such a worst election in our nation’s history’ – Atiku addresses world press conference

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded election, Atiku Abubakar, Wednesday, dismissed the election of President Muhammadu Buhari as the worst election fraud in the country.

He also said the election cannot produce a government of the people for the simple reason that it does not reflect the will of the people.

Abubakar declared his reaction while briefing newsmen at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

But he maintained that he was confident of victory but that the journey may be challenging.

In his words, “I will challenge the outcome of the election because the February 23 poll was the worst in Nigeria’s democratic regime even under the ousted military regime.

“The election witnessed an implementation of graft theft of the peoples’ will”.

He alleged that there were widespread statistical impossibility in the PDP strongholds with voter suppression in Akwa Ibom which, according to him, recorded 62 percent decrease in number of votes cast when compared to 2015.

He also said while this was the case in Delta, Rivers, Abia and Benue, that are part of the PDP strongholds, Borno and Yobe states recorded 82 percent increase in votes cast.

As for Borno and Yobe, Abubakar wondered if insecurity was evidence to higher voters’ turnout compared to other secured part of the country.

He said, “The electoral fraud cannot produce a government of the people for the simple reason that it does not reflect the will of the people.

“It is for this reason what I reject the result of the election as announced by INEC.

“I wonder whether insecurity is evidence to higher voter turnout”.

Abubakar added that he is consulting with the party and Nigerians on the next step.

He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to remain calm and steadfast, saying the PDP has “the real figures” from the election as only when the Peoples’ will prevail that democracy can be said to be in practice in the country.

The PDP presidential candidate also urged the fleeing international investors to have a rethink for their action, saying it is only the ordinary citizens that will suffer the adverse consequences arising from their departure.


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