Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25, 2023 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, distanced himself from what he described as fake press release which validated the election which returned Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu as the president-elect.
Atiku said he would never validate an illegitimate outcome of a flawed process such as the one that produced Tinubu as president elect.
He asserted that the press release did not emanate from him or his office, noting “it should be treated with repudiation; (it was) untrue, and deliberately contrived by those who illegally appropriated the mandate of the Nigerian people.”
According to him, “I have been notified of a fake press release attributed to me and purportedly giving legitimacy to the widely rigged presidential election of February 25.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, I wish to state categorically that my lawyers still have my unflinching mandate to challenge the outcome of the February 25 presidential election.
“I join other lovers of democracy in Nigeria and friends of our great country in the outright rejection of the predetermined outcome of the February 25 election.
“I shall continue to challenge the legality of that election, alongside my party, the Peoples Democratic Party.
“The decision to challenge the sham election of February 25, the worst election in our democratic history, is not predicated on my personal interest but for the interest of Nigeria and its people. It is aimed at deepening democracy and ensuring that we do not confer legitimacy to an outcome of illegitimacy.
“My commitment to the democratic struggle in Nigeria is beyond an election season.”