Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 14 April 2019 | 1,355 times
A newly formed group, the National Support for Atiku Mandate (NSFAM), has assured Nigerians that the mandate given to former Vice-President and the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, would be reclaimed soon.
The group, which is under the auspices of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCO), equally described the presidential election as a daylight robbery that would not be allowed to survive and stand the test of time.
Addressing a press conference on Friday at the Atiku campaign office in Abuja, its spokesman, Abraham Justice, said: “It was obvious that Nigerians have just witnessed the worst election in the history of the country.”
Lamenting further, he added that “in the election, there were not just voter suppression, violence and all sorts of electoral malpractice but also a blatant connivance between the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to deny Nigerians their rightful choice of the leader they trust and love who is Atiku Abubakar.”
While appreciating Nigerians for supporting Atiku who have refused to submit to the pleas and pressures from different quarters, and have confidently approached the Tribunal to seek redress against the emotional rape, the group further restated that that the judiciary will dispense justice accordingly to make the wish and will of the people prevail.
“We will not fail to recognise the huge financial requirements and sacrifices to successfully prosecute these long and tedious post-election litigations.
“It is on this note that the National Support For Atiku Mandate is birthed with a singularity of purpose which is to partner Nigerians of goodwill to give His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar all needed support and encouragement to proceed and progress strongly towards retrieving the stolen mandate,” he added.
NSFAM also hinted about the launching of some platforms, website and relevant social media outlets to engage millions of Nigerians to pursue the agenda to the point of victory.
A high-rank member of the group, Odih Rowland, who lend his voice during the conference, posited: “We will not sleep; we won’t be discouraged or intimidated. They stole what is rightful ours and we must reclaim it. We saw what happened in Lagos and other states; the oppression of voters. We are very sure Atiku will win the case.”
He added: “The only man who can take Nigerians to the next level is Atiku. We believe in the judiciary and know that the needful will be done as we journey through the path of justice. The voice of the people was so glaring and we have evidence to prove all of these in court.”
News Express reports that Atiku has refused to accept the presidential election result, alleging that the election was plagued by electoral malpractices that disenfranchised millions of people who voted for him or were willing to.
He had also alleged that there was widespread voter suppression in his stronghold states across the country while there were questionable voter turnout rates in the president's strongholds.
The group therefore called on Nigerians of good faith to arise, contribute and pull resources together with a view to showing a passionate support for the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in retrieving the stolen mandate.
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