Abuja, Nigeria – On Monday, former Nigerian Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, held a press conference in Abuja to address the recent Supreme Court’s verdict. The court had dismissed his appeal, affirming the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25, 2023 election.
In his speech, Atiku Abubakar expressed concerns about the potential consequences of the judgment on Nigeria’s democracy. He emphasized that the bigger loss wouldn’t be his but Nigeria’s if the Supreme Court legitimized illegality, including forgery, identity theft, and perjury.
He called attention to three critical issues. First, the potential implications of the judgment on the country’s democracy and electoral politics. Atiku Abubakar stated that the consequences of the Supreme Court’s decisions could last for decades and believed that history would vindicate him.
Second, he encouraged citizens not to resort to self-help strategies or violence in response to electoral grievances, as this could lead to lawlessness, anarchy, and the potential loss of the country.
Third, he proposed a series of constitutional reforms to safeguard Nigeria’s electoral processes, including making electronic voting and collation of results mandatory, concluding election-related litigations before the inauguration of winners, implementing a Two-Round System to elect the President, and reducing the presidential term to a single six-year term, rotated among the six geopolitical zones.
Atiku Abubakar concluded by emphasizing the importance of safeguarding Nigeria’s democracy and rule of law. He called upon the younger generation to take the lead in these endeavors.
The Supreme Court’s verdict and Atiku Abubakar’s call for reforms continue to be subjects of significant national debate in Nigeria. As the nation grapples with these issues, the call for constitutional reforms to strengthen democracy remains a critical point of discussion.
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