The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has urged members of the southern and middle belt elders’ forum to support him as he seeks redress in court over the results of the presidential election. He said he is confident that justice will be served and therefore, asked them not to despair.
Atiku made the appeal during a closed-door meeting with the forum at the home of elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark in Abuja. The meeting also had the leaders of Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo in attendance.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, as the winner of the February 23 presidential election. But Atiku, who rejected the results as announced, had filed a petition at a tribunal, seeking his declaration as the winner.
Atiku assured members of the forum that if he is able to reclaim his mandate at the tribunal, he would embark on restructuring so that every region could have a sense of belonging and also have the opportunity to exploit their human and material resources for the development of the citizens.
Responding, Clark insisted that restructuring is the only guarantee for Nigeria’s unity.
Clark promised that the forum would continue to support Atiku until he reclaims his mandate.