The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has rejected the 2019 presidential election result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The former vice-president condemned the election process which he said was “heavily militarized” and results manipulated.
President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC defeated Atiku of the PDP with over three million votes.
Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his main rival, Atiku who scored 11,262,978 votes. That is a difference of 3.9 million votes after the official announcement of results from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
With this development, Buhari 76, will serve for another four years when his current tenure expires on May 29, 2019.
But in a statement he issued personally on Wednesday morning, Atiku said he will be challenging the election in court.
He said: “If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.
“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.
“Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.”