The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard bearer and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has expressed confidence that the judiciary would restore his “stolen mandate.”
He stated this yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on Southern Middle-Belt leaders at the Abuja residence of former federal commissioner for information and South-south leader, Chief Edwin Clark.
The elders comprising the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and Middle Belt Forum (MBF), had adopted Atiku two weeks to the election at the Summit of Nigerian Leaders and Elders.
According to the Daily Sun, Atiku thanked the leaders for the support and informed them that he has filed his petition.
He said, “We have rejected the result of the election. We have filed our petition before the tribunal or the courts because we believe this is a mandate that has been stolen from the Nigerian people. And I believe that the courts will do justice in this case. We still have confidence in our courts and we believe justice will be done.”
He told the elders that he would keep his promise on restructuring so that every region would have a sense of belonging.
He added, “I believe this is a struggle we must continue together and I believe it is achievable. Nigeria has nothing to fear about restructuring.
“Of course, we have also come to realise and accept that the basis of our unity, our coexistence lies fundamentally on restructuring this country so that every part can have a sense of belonging and opportunity to exploit their human and material resources for the development of the citizens while remaining in the same country.
“I therefore believe this struggle is a struggle that we must continue together and we will achieve it and I believe it is also achievable. I strongly commit myself to that and Nigerians don’t have anything to fear or dread about restructuring of this country. After all, we started as a restructured federation and everybody felt at home with that arrangement.”
Clark lauded Atiku for going to court.