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We’re “very Anxious” To Meet Atiku In Court – APC
03-06-2019, 05:17 AM,
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We’re “very Anxious” To Meet Atiku In Court – APC
The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council says Atiku
Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) , “has a constitutional right to seek redress in court”.
Since losing the February 23 presidential election, Atiku has maintained
he will press for victory in court despite widespread calls on him to concede
the election to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Among the groups to have recently made the call is the Buhari Support
Organisation ( BSO), which Festus Keyamo, Director of Strategic
Communicationsof the APC Presidential Campaign Council, has now
disowned.
Keyamo said the BSO does not in any way speak for Buhari and his party,
adding that the APC was in fact anxious to meet Atiku in court .
“Our official position is that we believe that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a
constitutional right to seek redress in court and we do not seek in any way to
curtail that right,” he said.
“In fact, it is the resort to court that is the only democratic way to ventilate
his perceived grievance and any attempt to restrict or discourage the exercise
of such right would be an invitation to anarchy.
“In addition , we are very anxious to meet Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in
court in order to show the world in a conclusive manner the free and fair
nature of the comprehensive defeat of Atiku at the polls. An election is not
termed ‘rigged’ only by the mere claim of it by the loser. That is what Atiku
and the PDP want to ram down our throats. Unfortunately for them ,
international, continental and sub-regional observers (who can be seen as
neutral by all standards) ALL declared the election to be free, fair and
credible. No ego-massaging narrative can change that.”
THE FULL STATEMENT
WE DO NOT SEEK TO STOP ALHAJI ATIKU
ABUBAKAR FROM GOING TO COURT
Our attention has been drawn to some news item and posts on social media
reporting that we wrote a letter to some international bodies to prevail on
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not to proceed to court to challenge the result of
the 2019 Presidential Election.
Our investigation reveals that a letter to that effect was purportedly written
by a certain ‘Buhari Campaign Organisation’. This is the second time we
will be informing the public that the said ‘Buhari Campaign Organisation ’
does not act at the behest of the APC Presidential Campaign Council nor
does it represent the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation in any
way. As a result, whatever it has released DOES NOT REPRESENT
THE POSITION OF THE APC PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN COUNCIL OR PRESIDENT
MUHAMMADU BUHARI.
Our official position is that we believe that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a
constitutional right to seek redress in court and we do not seek in any way to
curtail that right. In fact, it is the resort to court that is the only democratic
way to ventilate his perceived grievance and any attempt to restrict or
discourage the exercise of such right would be an invitation to anarchy.
In addition , we are very anxious to meet Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in court
in order to show the world in a conclusive manner the free and fair nature of
the comprehensive defeat of Atiku at the polls. An election is not termed
‘rigged’ only by the mere claim of it by the loser. That is what Atiku and the
PDP want to ram down our throats. Unfortunately for them , international,
continental and sub-regional observers (who can be seen as neutral by all
standards) ALL declared the election to be free, fair and credible. No ego-
massaging narrative can change that.
We therefore totally disassociate ourselves from the letter purportedly written
by one of, perhaps, many support groups of President Muhammadu Buhari.
They may have a right to their opinion , but it does not represent our official
position.
Thank you.
FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb (UK) ,
Director of Strategic Communications,
APC Presidential Campaign Council
(Official Spokesperson)
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