APC Replies Atiku, PDP Over Election Victory
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has reacted to the claims by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, that they won the 2019 presidential election by 1.6 million votes.
In its reaction, APC said Atiku and his party are suffering from what it describes as post-election depression and hallucination.
As earlier published by Naija News, Atiku had claimed that from the data in INEC’s server, the true, actual and correct results” from “state to state computation”, showed that he polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom they said scored 16,741,430 votes.
However, while reacting to the claims by Atiku and PDP on the 2019 presidential polls, APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement, urged the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that Atiku and the PDP were not allowed to execute any sinister plans.
He also urged Atiku to accept the results in good fate and move on as Nigerians have shown through their votes that they have rejected him and his party.
“Following the outcome of the presidential election, during which a vast majority of Nigerians reaffirmed their unshaken belief in President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to steer the affairs of the country for another four years, we have watched in disbelief and utter amusement how the opposition PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku, have engaged in a series of circus shows to cheer up their crest-fallen and disillusioned members.
“While the APC is not oblivious of the PDP’s antics to discredit the credible presidential electoral process, acknowledged by local and international observers, we sympathise with Atiku for the crushing defeat handed him by President Buhari through the votes of Nigerians.
“Judging by Atiku and PDP’s recent utterances and actions, it is now clear that they have slipped into severe depression and post-defeat hallucination that have left many Nigerians questioning their current state of mind.
“After weeks of dilly-dallying, the PDP has woken up to the stark reality of its electoral defeat and decided to follow the constitutional path of filing a petition at the election tribunal.
“However, of all the prayers of Atiku before the election tribunal, which is at best hollow, the most ridiculous is his claim that the server of INEC indicated he ‘won’ the presidential election by 1.6 million votes.
“A few questions would suffice: is this phantom figure of 1.6 million votes Dubai-invented? Was the result sold to Atiku by his numerous marabouts, who we understand, had assured him that the last election was a done deal for him?
“Most importantly, we note Atiku’s consistent reference to the “INEC server” as if he is the custodian of that platform. Indeed, Atiku’s constant reference to the INEC server should raise concerns as it is becoming apparent that he and the PDP are up for some dastard activities that are targeted at jeopardising the INEC database and internal storage system.
“We recall the widely reported cases of several programmed card readers that were retrieved from some PDP agents and their failed attempt to hack the INEC database in the lead up to the then postponed presidential election.
“We remind the Atiku and PDP that Nigerians saw through the devious schemes aimed at thwarting their will. Consequently, the majority of the voters handed them a harsh verdict – that verdict remains sacrosanct.
“We call on the INEC and the security agencies to be on red alert to ensure that Atiku and the other desperate characters in the PDP are not able to execute their evil plans,” the statement read.