Atiku shifts battle with Tinubu to court
Abubakar Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, said he would challenge the victory of president-elect Bola Tinubu in court.
His decision to do so comes in the wake of third-place Labour Party’s flag bearer Peter Obi’s avowal to do the same.
In a press briefing he addressed on Thursday, Atiku said the February 25 poll “shattered” the “dreams and aspirations of Nigerians” who took part in the exercise.
He blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying it “failed to live up to expectations.” The serial presidential hopeful declared the election “was neither free nor fair.”
He described the exercise as “the worst conducted elections since the return to democratic rule.” Atiku said he wondered why INEC announced Tinubu as the winner of the poll despite the complaints about irregularities and INEC’s failure to upload results to its portal – as it stated in its election guidelines – before announcing a winner.
“Having consulted with leaders of our party and Nigerians from different walks of life, I have come to the conclusion that the processes and outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly election of last Saturday was grossly flawed in every material particular, and as such must be challenged,” he said.