Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has again debunked reports that he was planning a protest against the Buhari-led administration and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Naija News understands that Atiku made the statement while denying a report that suggests threats by the opposition party and its candidate to lead a street protest.
The report suggested that the protest would be as a reaction to the event that the election petition tribunal ruled against Atiku and his party.
Atiku debunked the report while reacting to a tweet from one YouthSupportPDP group that had quoted Atiku as saying: “My Server Results Are Authentic and If judges frustrate the Justice we will take over the street. I will lead all Nigerians in a massive protest that mankind have never witness before.”
But the presidential candidate in a statement issued on his behalf by his spokesman, Paul Ibe, blamed the rumoured statement on “mischief makers who are out to mar my pro-democratic record”, and lay the groundwork on false charges against him,” stressing that all his hopes are on God.
The statement reads; “I wish to emphatically state that such a statement did not emanate from Atiku Abubakar or his privies. It is the work of mischief makers who want to mar his spotless pro-democratic record and lay the groundwork for their threatened actions against him on false charges of being a threat to national security,” Atiku said in a statement Paul Ibe, his spokesman, issued on his behalf.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar believes in the Rule of Law and in the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In his almost four decades in politics, he has never taken action or spoken words against democracy and will not start now.
“Atiku and his team have confidence in God and thus call on those bent on mischief to have the fear of God and retrace their steps. Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. The culture of fear being created now cannot rein in our democracy. Nigeria and Nigerians have a consistent history of outlasting tyranny and will continue to do so by the grace of God.”
The statement comes after the Presidential candidate of the opposition party had on Sunday taken to the microblogging site, Twitter and via his personal Twitter handle, debunked the report of the planned protest.