By; MUSTAPHA IMRANA, Kaduna
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) youth leader in the North West Zone, Alhaji Atiku Muhammad Yabo, the Sarkin of Yakin Yabo, has publicly praised the efforts of the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for his determination to reclaim the rights of all Nigerians in the court.
For appealing to the Supreme Court, Yabo said, it is really appropriate for the people to understand that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is doing it to fight for the rights of the people.
Atiku Yabo continued to explain that as a full-fledged member of the PDP who is passionate about it and even contested under it, he is satisfied with the support that the community has given him and that is why he is doing everything possible to get everyone’s success in the Northern region and Nigeria as a whole.
“And we remind the community to continue to give full cooperation and support to all the efforts of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to see that he recovers his rights from the people by following the provisions of the laws of the land,” he said.
According to Yabo, it was observed that in the speech he gave to PDP supporters and anyone who wants the development of Nigeria and the entire African region, he confirmed that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is not doing this for himself, he is trying to seek justice.
“Amana’s honesty and trustworthiness with the love of the countrymen is sure, that’s why he is saying this, anyone who hears his explanation or reads it, will understand. That’s why we support him with full cooperation. We are always working together with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who stood as PDP presidential candidate in the last election.
“And we call with a loud voice to all the members and supporters of the PDP, wherever they are, to pray for success every time the obligatory prayers, night prayers and members of the Christian community. Everyone should stand up to present to the Almighty God the demands for success in the struggle of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other lawyers in court, especially the Supreme Court of Nigeria,” he said.
Atiku Abubakar, GCONWaziri Adamawa
Vice President of Nigeria (1999 – 2007)
2023 PDP Presidential Candidate Head To Supreme Court
According to Atiku Abubakar Wazirin Adamawa in his official reaction to the judgment delivered by the Presidential Election Petition Court on the 2023 presidential election.
As you already know, I approached the court following the declaration by INEC that the APC and its candidate are the winners of the February 25, Presidential Election.
My decision to go to court is anchored in my belief that the court is the sanctuary of justice. The journey of my political career, as you know, holds so much to the courage and fearless decisions of our judiciary.
How ever Atiku Abubakar GCON Wazirin Adamawa revealed that he is not a stranger to legal battles, and “I can say that I have a fair idea of how the court system works. All through my career as a politician, I have been a fighter, and I must say that I have found the judiciary as a worthy pillar to rest on in the pursuit of justice”.
The last presidential election in our country and the way it was managed by the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, leaves behind unenviable precedents, which I believe the courts have a duty to redress.
Atiku further said that “Our gains in ensuring transparent elections through the deployment of technology was heavily compromised by INEC in the way it managed the last presidential election, and I am afraid that the judgement of the court as rendered by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, failed to restore confidence in our dreams of free and fair elections devoid of human manipulations”.
Like I did say at the beginning of this legal battle when I instructed my lawyers to file my petition challenging the outcome of the presidential election, my ultimate goal in this pursuit is to ensure that democracy is further strengthened through the principles and processes of fair hearing.
“I take great pains to tell you that the decision of the court of first instance on this matter utterly falls far short of that expectation”.
I am therefore here to tell you that, though the judgment of the court yesterday is respected, it is a judgment that I refuse to accept. I refuse to accept the judgment because I believe that it is bereft of substantial justice. However, the disappointment in the verdict of the court can never destroy my confidence in the judiciary.
Consequently, I have asked my lawyers to activate my constitutionally guaranteed rights of appeal to the higher court, which, in the instance, is the Supreme Court. It is my conviction that the electoral process in Nigeria should be devoid of untidy manipulations and that the outcome of every election should be a perfect reflection of the wishes of the electorate. I believe that such is the only way through which our democracy can have a manifest expression of its true meaning. Whether I prevail in this quest or not, the record of my effort in ensuring an order of credible elections in Nigeria shall remain for the future generations to evaluate.
“On this note, I urge all my supporters to remain steadfast. I urge them to take solace in an immortal lesson I learned from my leader and mentor, the late Shehu Yar’Adua, that losing a battle is less important than losing the war. We might have lost a battle yesterday, but the war is well ahead of us. And I believe that with our hopes in God, we shall win the war of restoring confidence in our electoral system”. Atiku added.
Atiku Muhammad Yabo Sarkin Yakin Yabo, PDP North West Youth Leader