The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Feb. 23, 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has declared that he is unbroken in spite of the Supreme Court judgment against his appeal. Further, he underlined his determination to keep fighting for Nigeria as a democrat.
However, Atiku alleged that the Nigerian judiciary had been sabotaged and undermined by a dictatorial cabal; whom he claimed had undone the democratic progress the PDP and its administrations nurtured for 16 years.
Atiku disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja.
He was reacting stated to the Supreme Court judgment which affirmed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“In a democracy, you need a strong judiciary, a free press and an impartial electoral umpire. Nigeria has none of those three elements as at today.
“One man, one woman, one youth, one vote, should be the only way to make gains in a democracy. And when that is thwarted, the clock starts to tick.
“Two and a half millennia ago, Sophocles said “If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: ‘Thou shalt not ration justice.’ Nigeria will do well to observe this warning,” Atiku declared.
Nigeria may be destroyed…if, says Atiku
Atiku, a former vice-president who served under the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo; declared he had fought a good fight for the Nigerian people as a democrat. Additionally, he affirmed his resolve to keep on fighting for Nigeria as well as democracy and justice.
Nevertheless, he seemed to deflect attention from his loss to the question of Nigeria’s state; even as he stated that Nigeria may be destroyed if Nigerians do not fight for an egalitarian society.
“I am too focused on Nigeria to think about myself. I gave up that luxury 20 years ago. The question is not if I am broken. The question is if Nigeria is whole?
“This is not a time for too many words. It will suffice for me to remind Nigeria of this – we are an independent nation and we are the architects of our fate. If we do not build a free Nigeria, we may end up destroying her, and God forbid that that should be the case.
“I was a democrat, I am a democrat, and I will always continue to be a democrat. May God bless Nigeria.’’
Meanwhile, Atiku conceded that the judicial route he chose to take, as a democrat, had come to an end. However, he placed the burden of judgment on Nigerians to decide if justice had been served. Nevertheless, he noted that the judgment was part of democratic challenges Nigeria must face as a nation.