Defeated Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar in the Saturday’s, February 23 Presidential election has told General Abdulsalami national peace committee that the election was the worst in the history of Nigeria since 1999.
Atiku described the election as a sham and that it was marked by militarization of the process, vote suppression, intimidation, and collaboration of security agencies, INEC and the ruling party to subvert the will of Nigerians.
He demanded unconditional release of all those illegally arrested and detained for political reasons, even as he called for the non deployment of the military in compliance with constitutional provisions and the subsisting judgment of the court.
Atiku said that as a democrat, he will follow laid down constitutional and democratic procedures to challenge the electoral malfeasance committed by APC in collusion with INEC.
He called on Nigerians to come out en masse and vote in the 9 March gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections for the PDP candidates and stay to defend their votes up to collation point.
The National Peace Committee was attended by former military Head of State who chaired it, retired General Abdulasalami Abubakar, Cardinal John Onaiyekan and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.
Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi, Senate President and Director General of PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and National Chairman of PDP Prince Uche Secondus were also in attendance.