Atiku has yet to recover from his shocking loss for the presidency

Jul 24, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

The Presidency has dismissed former vice president Atiku Abubakar’s concerns about an alleged plot by President Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to intimidate the Judiciary to subvert justice in the Presidential Election Petitions Court’s challenge to the 2023 presidential election.

On Saturday night, Dele Alake, Special Assistant to the President Special Duties, Media & Strategy, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate had not entirely recovered from his shocking loss.

The statement said Tinubu would never weaken the Judiciary, accusing him of blackmailing it.

“We have read the ridiculous and jejune remark by former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Candidate in the previous election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“It is evident that the former Vice President has not entirely recovered from the shock of loss by the All Progressives Congress and now President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, thus the present effort to mischievously stir up another round of inanities that affront fundamental logic and reasonable thought.

Alhaji Atiku’s nonsensical remark accused the APC government of attempting to subvert the Judiciary without proof. In his press statement, former Vice President Atiku made innuendos, insinuations, and blatant falsehoods about how the President Tinubu-led government and APC intended to weaken, subvert, and compromise the Judiciary.

“If the former Vice President believes in democracy and the integrity of the Judiciary, as asserted, he would not make baseless and outrageous claims aimed at denigrating and discrediting a crucial branch of government that should protect our democracy.

He blatantly tried to coerce and blackmail the Judiciary even though he was a party to the Presidential Election Petition Court case.

“Let it be noted that President Bola Tinubu stands shoulder above Atiku Abubakar in battling for democracy and democratic values, the rule of law, and judicial independence in Nigeria. Alhaji Atiku was absent while President Tinubu was fighting the emasculation of the Judiciary and championing the rule of law as the foundation for effective administration as Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007 under a PDP federal government.

“It is on record and to his enduring credit that President Tinubu, via the law and Judiciary, successfully contested many of the harsh and odious judgements of the PDP-led Federal Government that infringed on the rights of the States as federating units. Under Governor Tinubu, Lagos State won 13 Supreme Court lawsuits against the central PDP hydra.

“No leader with such a sterling and enviable reputation as a defender of the rule of law and independence of the Judiciary as President Tinubu would ever consider subverting the Judiciary, as suggested by Alhaji Atiku.

President Tinubu won a fair and legitimate election. He won the most transparent Nigerian presidential election since 1999 on February 25, 2023.

“President Tinubu and the APC have no motivation to weaken the court to get a favourable decision.

“His attorneys and those of the APC have offered extremely good defenses of the election result, and we are convinced the court will impartially deliver its verdict based on the grounds of law and the facts before it, not arrogant guesses and false charges.

As a statesman, Atiku Abubakar should let the Judiciary do its holy work without harassment or self-help. Discrediting a vital state institution for political gain is deceitful, shameful, and disrespectful of a former Nigerian Vice President. Stop desperation.”

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