FG speaks on Atiku’s threat to challenge Buhari’s victory in court

The Federal Government has spoken on the threat by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in court.

Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), says President Muhammadu Buhari and his supporters are not worried about Atiku Abubakar’s plans to challenge the result of Saturday’s presidential election.

Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had 11,262,978 votes.

Atiku has rejected the outcome of the election, describing it as the worst in Nigeria’s history.

However, Mustapha said there is nothing to worry about.

“We are not jittery at all because the process was open and transparent. It was a credible election and we will continue to savour the victory. In the process too, we will extend the hand of friendship for the purpose of nation building and reconciliation,” Boss, who is also from Adamawa state like Atiku, said.

“Our electoral act and the constitution have both provided a window for whoever is dissatisfied with the process of election to seek redress. That is the path and we will encourage them to go along that path.”

Several people and organisations have advised to concede defeat, but the former vice president vowed not to congratulate Buhari.

One of such groups is the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, calling on Atiku, to concede defeat in the just concluded presidential election and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari.

Similarly, ACF also called on the President-elect, Muhammad Buhari, to ensure his new administration kept to its promise of strengthening the nation’s unity and inclusiveness in government, so that no section or group of the country “is left behind or left out.”

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In a statement in Kaduna, yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Biu, ACF congratulated Buhari on his victory at the polls, adding that his re-election has “signalled a new regime in our democratic process.”

The statement read in part: “The successful conclusion of this election, despite some of the ugly incidents witnessed in some parts of country in terms of ballot box snatching, killings, security challenges and other logistic problems, shows that Nigerians have clearly demonstrated their resolve to move forward and consolidate the gains of multiparty democracy.

“Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, therefore, congratulates all Nigerians for their resilience, commitment and courage in exercising their civic responsibility amid challenges that are natural concomitant of such tasks and responsibilities.

“ACF equally congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the just concluded 2019 Presidential election.

“Of equal importance, the ACF salutes the courage of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for putting up a gallant fight with an impressive performance in the presidential elections.