Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has dismissed a statement currently trending in the media, quoting him as saying that he would lead Nigerians to the mother of all protests in the history if the courts refused to pronounce him President on the strength of the February 23, election.
Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in which President Muhammadu Buhari, was declared the winner, has since gone to court to challenge the victory as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In the last 24 hours or so, a statement, credited to him, making the threat, had been circulation in many social media platforms, where allegedly claimed to have won the election and would settle for nothing than outright victory at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT), currently sitting in Abuja.
But, in a quick riposte, the former VP, in a statement, through his spokesman, Paul Ibe, said he had remained a democrat for the past 40 years he had been in politics, with total confidence in the rul of law and would never do anything to injure such a reputation.
The statement, read: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement circulating in a section of the media, to the effect that Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 presidential election and Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007 plans to lead a street protest in the event that the election petition tribunal rules against his him and his party on the issue of a server for the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“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 ground work for their threatened actions against him on false charges of being a threat to national security.
“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 Abubakar 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.”