Atiku Made No Demands on Buhari, Says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday said it was not true that its presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, had made demands on President Muhammadu Buhari.

It said it was a lie allegedly being peddled by the All Progressives Congress.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement also stated that Atiku had not, and would never, make or accept any condition from Buhari regarding the February 23 presidential election, which he claimed was rigged.

He insisted that Atiku clearly won the election.

He also raised the alarm that security agents on Friday night besieged the residence of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who also is the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation.

According to him, there had been harassments and fresh attacks on the PDP leaders by security agents.

He said, “The Buhari presidency and the APC know that their electoral robbery cannot stand before any noble justices and are now attempting to use all sorts of blackmail and shenanigans to derail the quest by Nigerians to reclaim the stolen mandate at the tribunal.

“However, let it be known to President Buhari and the APC that Atiku Abubakar and the PDP are standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigerians in this collective determination to take back the stolen mandate and we are not ready for any form of negotiation with anybody on this matter.

“Our party and candidate remain committed to the huge sacrifices made by Nigerians in ensuring our collective victory as delivered at the polling units across the country. We are mindful of the pains that Nigerians are passing through since the subversion of their will at the poll. We are sensitive to the expectations that millions of compatriots place on our shoulders in this struggle and we will never let Nigerians down.”

Ologbondiyan, who is also the Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organization said they  have all the authentic results from all the polling units as well as forensic evidence of manipulations by the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He said they would present them all at the tribunal, adding that the court will give justice to Nigerians.

He said, “On that note, the PDP states unequivocally that nothing will change its resolve to pursue this despicable electoral fraud, unknown in our political history, to its end.

“We shall devote every energy necessary to reclaim our mandate and have Atiku Abubakar declared President, in line with the will of the people as delivered at the polling units on February 23, 2019.

“Anything short of this is not acceptable and no amount of false reports, connivance, contrivance, intimidation, harassment and fresh attacks on our leaders, including the Director-General of our Presidential Campaign, Senate President Bukola Saraki, whose residence was besieged by security agents last night, can alter this resolve.”

The Punch

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