Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 25 election, has vowed to seek justice beyond the Supreme Court’s decision, while also calling for the defense of democracy in Nigeria.
On Monday, September 18, the former vice president accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of harassing and arresting opposition members in order to turn Nigeria into a one-party state.
Atiku’s comment is coming ahead of the Supreme Court’s judgment, where he had filed an appeal against the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), which earlier dismissed his petitions against President Bola Tinubu.
Atiku and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi, had filed a petition against the outcome of the 2023 presidential election, but the PEPC truck out their application over lack of evidence.
The PDP presidential flagbearer maintained that democracy is all about ensuring justice, liberty, and equality for all and called on Nigerians to uphold and defend the principle of democracy in the country.
He stressed that the beauty of democracy is the protection and respect for contrary viewpoints, adding that such views would make government remain transparent and power would not be concentrated in the hands of few.
Atiku posited that arresting and silencing opposition members on contrived charges was an insult to the principle of democracy and a grave injustice to Nigerians who replied on the system of justice and representation.
His statement reads in part: “I continue to walk the path of seeking justice beyond judgment at the Supreme Court, and I carry this responsibility with the knowledge that this path also carries the hopes of millions of Nigerians who, by their votes, sought a change in the political direction of our country.”
Recall that Wale Adeagbo, an Ibadan-born legal practitioner, has expressed his satisfaction with the decisions of the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) on the petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential election.
Platinumpost reports that Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party have filed petitions against President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 Presidential Election, but the court dismissed their petitions over lack of credible evidence to support their claims