Challenging Results In Court Doesn’t Make Atiku A Bad Loser – Rights Activist

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PDP Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and APC's President Muhammad Buhari

By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri

An Owerri based renowned lawyer and human right activist, Barr. Wisdom
Durueke  had said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in
the just held presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar  should not
be seen as a bad loser by going to court to challenge the Victory of
President Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC).

Reacting to the result of the election as announced by INEC in Owerri,
the legal practitioner, on Thursday, Durueke urged Nigerians not to
mock Atiku because it is one’s right to seek redress if one feels
aggrieved in any situation.

According to him, “Going to court helps in peace building and it
brings legitimacy and if Atiku loses in court, it increases the
legitimacy of the presidency and if he wins, it strengthens our
democracy and rule of law” he concluded.

He also attributed the ills that marred the nation’s recent
Presidential/National Assembly elections to the refusal of the
president to sign the electoral act into law.

According to him, if the president had hearkened to the voice of
reason to lend his blessing to the act, the issue of tampering with
the result of the polls would have been drastically reduced to the
barest minimum.

“When you transmit the result electronically, it will reduce the
possibility of doctoring or manipulation and the result will be the
same all over the place”.

The legal luminary who spoke to our journalists in Owerri argued that
if the act had been signed into  law, it would have fast-tracted
collation of election results saying “Collation of election result  in
this country is like a Nigerian home video where you have part I, part
2, part 3  and so on which increases tension and casts doubts  in the
system”.

He however expressed fears that the forth coming governorship/ State
Assembly elections might go the same way as that of the just concluded
presidential/ NASS elections with more disturbing challenges.

For free, fair and credible elections in the country to become a
reality, the legal expert insisted that Nigerians should not relax in
discharging their public duties, adding that party  primaries should
be conducted and litigation ended 5 months to the election.

This, he argued would give INEC enough time to prepare adequately  for
the polls  with the parties involved  getting robust campaigns and
crisis crossing different parts  of the country.

“Let us see why card readers will not work and INEC should endeavour
to give national update each month”.

Furthermore, he said that Presidential election result should not be
delayed beyond 48 hours, noting that non adherence to this breeds
endemic corruption.

He added that plans by the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubukar
to challenge the victory  of President Buhari in court was part of the
electoral evolution which contributes to the development  of
jurisprudence and electoral documentation.

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