Chief Olisa Agbakoba has called on Atiku Abubakar who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party not to go to court following his rejection of the result of the election.
INEC had officially declared Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the presidential election on Wednesday, February 27 and Atiku had swiftly rejected the result vowing to challenge it in court.
According to Premium Times, Agbakoba who is a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) urged Atiku not to go to court.
He said both parties benefitted from primordial voting except in the south west where voting was based on issues.
He instead urged Atiku to see his loos as an opportunity to develop the third force.
He said: “I understand the PDP is aggrieved about the outcome of the election and alleged massive irregularities but I urge former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar not to approach the Election Petition Tribunal,” Mr Agbakoba said.
“This is not to say I do not recognise the massive irregularities in the 2019 Presidential Election. I can see how tempting it is to take the option of the Election Petition Tribunal but that in my view is not the right decision.”
“He might have moved backwards by his loss but he should not lose sight of the legacy and greatness that lies in front of him.
He can build a new Nigeria movement from the motley of small parties, third force actors, change actors and millions who are desperate for a strong, united Nigeria,” the senior lawyer and activist said.
“There is also a lot of work to be done in both political and electoral reforms. I request former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar to step into the shoes. he added.
“The voting pattern for the 2019 Presidential Election shows ethnicity played a significant role in the Election. President Muhammadu Buhari kept his base in the North while former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar largely held his base in the South.
“Both All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) benefited from primordial voting. The excepted zone is the South-west where voting occurred on the basis of issues.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost Mayo-Belwa/Jada/Ganye/Toungo federal constituency to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Abdulrazak Namdas, the APC candidate in the federal constituency, polled a total of 62,374 votes to defeat his PDP opponent, Kabiru Muktar, who was only able to secure 61,436, Daily Trust reports.
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