Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar why they did not complain of rigging in the Southeast and South South where they won the recently concluded Presidential and parliamentary elections.
“Why didn’t they complain when they won all south eastern states? The south east came out to vote for their son who was the Vice Presidential candidate in that election. You don’t blame them.
“In the northern Nigeria, we have our father, brother and son as a candidate and we came out en-mass to support him. There is no issue about it. If they don’t accept it they can go to court.”
Modu Sheriff who spoke to news men shortly after observing Friday prayer along with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that the massive vote the President got from Borno was an appreciation of his efforts that drove Boko Haram underground.
“Before the 2015 elections, Boko Haram had occupied all our local government areas in Borno but today, you can drive to any part of Borno. So, whatever the people of Borno did for Mr. President last Saturday, we are only saying thank you for what he has done. If the atmosphere was clearer, Borno would have produced two million votes.
“So, I don’t know why the PDP are grumbling where the registered voters are more than two million and we only gave the president 830,000.
“As a governor, the president got over a million votes in Borno, why didn’t they complain then? They are just crying foul for nothing. This election was the most transparent election that ever took place in the history of Nigeria and I stand to be corrected.
“They should just embrace peace. The President has said that he is going to carry everyone along. They should accept their defeat and re-plan for 2023 if we are all alive. But this election has been won and won transparently.”