The former vice President of Nigeria and the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP in the just concluded February 25 presidential election has denied the report alledging that he has congratulated Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who was declared winner of the election.
Recall, that there has been a widely speculated and spreading press release alledging that Atiku Abubarka the Presidential candidate of PDP has accepted defeat and has congratulated Tinubu as the winner of the election.
Reacting today news,in a post on his official Facebook handle on Saturday, said that the news does not emanate from him neither did he authorized any of his office to issue such as press release.
According him, the news should be totally disregarded saying that it is the handwork of those who illegally appropriated the mandate of the Nigerian people.
He therefore, assured Nigerians and his supporters that he is fully challenging the victory of Tinubu and the outcome of the February 25 presidential election, assuring that he will use all the legal means available to recover his mandate.
The Statement Reads
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.
The so-called press release did not emanate from me or my office, and it should be treated with repudiation, untrue, and deliberately contrived by those who illegally appropriated the mandate of the Nigerian people.
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 pre-determined 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 on 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.
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007
25th March, 2023.