Atiku Calls For Peace In Nigeria
Former Vice President and 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the Supreme Court judgment on Imo governorship election.
In a personally signed statement on Wednesday made available to our newsroom, Atiku who described the judgment as unexpected and unpalatable however called for an acceptance of the verdict as the apex court’s ruling is final.
“With regards to the judgment of the Supreme Court, which nullified the election of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Emeka Ihedioha, as Governor of Imo state, I can only say that since the Supreme Court is final, we must accept its judgment, however unexpected and unpalatable it may be. The Rule of law must guide our paths even if logic sheds light on a different path,” he said.
Naija News recalls the Supreme Court of Nigeria in a landmark judgment on Tuesday, sacked Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State and ordered Hope Uzodinma to be sworn in as the duly elected governor of the state.
Atiku in his statement further expressed hope that Mr. Ihedioha will overcome the setback caused by the court order and emerge stronger.
“Having said that, let me state unequivocally that I solidarise with Emeka Ihedioha, a man I know to be a great leader of men and resources. In the fullness of time, I am convinced that he will overcome this setback and emerge stronger.”
He also called on the PDP to continue to be the hope of the Nigeria people and preserve the country’s democracy. He expressed confidence that the nation is capable and will attain greatness.
“I also stand fully with the Peoples Democratic Party. In good and bad times, we must continue to be the object of hope that the Nigerian people have for their escape from the prevailing despotism and despair that has gripped almost every aspect of our national life. We provided genuine democracy for this nation once before, and I believe it is our destiny to democratically restore what has been lost due to the encroachment of anti democratic agents.”
Philosophers have said that tough times never last, but that tough people do. I urge the people of Imo and the entirety of the Nigerian people not to give in to despair. This nation has gone through despotic times before, and we have survived them and thrived. I am very certain that this history will repeat itself.”
“My greatest desire, and one I hope to see again in my lifetime, is that Nigeria will fulfil its potential as the land of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress. These four ideals have been missing from our borders for a while, and all freedom loving Nigerians ought to henceforth work together to bring them back. So help us God.”