Tribunal Petition: Development Initiative Hails Atiku, Says He’s Deepening Democracy

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

*says 2019 Elections worst in Nigeria’s history

By; IBRAHIM ADAMU, Kaduna
The petition filed at the presidential elections tribunal by the former Vice President and the PDP candidate in the 2019 Presidential elections, Alhaji Atiku  Abubakar challenging the outcome of the Presidential election has been described as a step in the  right direction.
This was contained in a statement to the press in Kaduna, signed by the President,  Democracy’s Dividends Development Initiative, Barr Suleiman Ahmed Akasawua.
Barr Suleiman Akasawua maintained that Nigeria was a country founded on the principles of the rule of law which requires every individual or group that is not satisfied with the action of an individual or group affecting his or her interest to seek redress before a competent court or tribunal.
He stated that it was in consonance with these democratic ideals that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar decided to take his grievances against the conduct of the 2019 Presidential Election to the tribunal for redress.
Barr Suleiman Ahmed Akasawua argued that it was imperative for Nigerians to accord former vice president Atiku Abubakar his constitutional rights to complain against the 2019 outcome of the Presidential election before the Presidential tribunal in the interest of the rule of law.
He pointed out that the alternative to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and his legion of supporter’s not going to Tribunal to challenge the conduct of the 2019 Presidential election will be to resort to anarchy and self help which will not augur well for peace, unity and stability of the country.
Barr Akasawua stressed that  Atiku Abubakar’s petition should be seen as his effort to deepen democracy and the judiciary to encourage Nigerians who are disenchanted to continue to participate in future elections believing their votes will  count.
He described the conduct of the 2019 Presidential election as the worst than the 2015 Presidential election which made many Nigerians agree that if the outcome was left without challenge, this will make 2023 even worst thereby seriously endangering Nigeria’s democracy.

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