By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), has appealed to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) presidential candidate in the February 23 poll, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku,not to contest President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in court.
The political organization urged Atiku to put Nigeria above primordial sentiment at this crucial time , by respecting the verdict of the citizens, who amplified their love for Buhari through the ballots .
CNPP insisted that Atiku resorting to court action in spite of the credibility of the poll,as adjudged by local and international observers would be tantamount to pursuing personal agenda and taking actions that could immerse the nation into unprecedented crisis.
In the presidential election, Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won in 19 states to trounce Atiku, who won in 17 States
and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, CNPP Chairman,
Ekiti chapter, Deacon Olu Akomolafe, praised the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) for not reneging on the promise to launch Nigeria’s image on the global map of a country that had accepted democracy via a free and fair election.
Akomolafe said the elections of February 23 attained international
standard and said no patriotic Nigerian with glowing interest in the
country’s unity would take legal action against the verdict of the
“We could remember vividly that former Vice President Atiku did say
on the day he won the PDP presidential primary in Port Harcourt ,Rivers State that he was contesting to make Nigeria better and not for personal aggrandizement.
“If this was true and came from the bottom of his heart, he shouldn’t
take any action that could truncate the system or jeopardize the
relative peace in the country. He should act like a true statesman the
way former President Goodluck Jonathan did in 2015 when he lost in the same way.
“Alhaji Atiku had received the electoral benevolence of Nigerians
thrice and these worth being considered in Nigeria’s situation today. He was elected Governor of Adamawa State in 1999 and later emerged as the Vice Presidential candidate to President Olusegun Obasanjo same year. They both won election together.
“His election with Gen. Obasanjo was further revalidated in 2003 and
having enjoyed this, we expected that he should put Nigeria first and
accord the verdict of the people with respect”, he stated.
The CNPP leader,who congratulated President Buhari, urged him to
rededicate himself to the service of the nation, by bringing more
democratic dividends to their doorsteps in his second term.
“Having realized this victory in a rigorous fashion, President Buhari must redouble efforts by blocking every loophole constituting a clog in the wheel of progress and ensure that he makes amends for Nigeria not to regret re-electing him.
“No doubt, his government has made remarkable showings in the areas of fight against corruption and insurgency,but he must do more for Nigerians to be secured wherever they are. He should also devise more active means to generate employments for our army of unemployed youths while the N-power, tradermoni and other safety nets should be sustained to reduce poverty among Nigerians”, CNPP said.