The just concluded 2023 election has been a daily conversation for Nigerians as citizens take sides and defend their candidates. The back-and-forth court case was finally over and the long-awaited verdict by the Supreme Court which was supposed to put an end to all side talks further ignited things as the pronouncement didn’t go well with some parties. While few rejoiced, others complained about the lack of democracy.
Atiku’s Reaction to the Verdict
I kept wondering how Atiku Abubakar would take in this news. Atiku didn’t make any statement 24 hours after the result was out. The PDP aspirant has gone for presidency a couple of times but none of the results have been in his favour since 1993. He ran unsuccessfully for president of Nigeria six times in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023.
In one of his speeches, Atiku stated clearly that he was not ready to drop his political ambition and this got a lot of people thinking about what he meant by the statement. The question on many of their minds must have been: “Will Atiku contest again in 2027 when he will be 81?”
After much back and forth with the election, from the electoral results to the certificate saga, Atiku Abubakar on Monday finally reacted to the verdict of the Supreme Court which upheld the election of President Bola Tinubu. He complained bitterly about the verdict during an international press conference in Abuja.
“If the Supreme Court, which is the highest court in Nigeria, can ignore the cry of Nigerians despite all evidence, then Nigeria has lost it and the country is doomed. I am absolutely sure that history will vindicate me. The bigger loss is not mine but Nigerians,” he said.
He went further to say the Supreme Court’s verdict was an unfortunate decision saying it had far-reaching implications. One of the implications, he said, “is the erosion of trust in the electoral system and our democracy.”
Moving on with the Supreme Court Judgement
A lot of APC lovers seem not to take Atiku’s message likely as they came for him in full force. Bayo Onanuga said, “Supreme Court has spoken, Atiku’s so-called new evidence runs foul of the Electoral Act and the Constitution. It’s all over for the PDP presidential candidate. The Waziri should write his long-delayed congratulatory message to his old friend.”
I believe we all know the supreme court is the highest in Nigeria and their verdict is final. On that ground, I urge everyone to go about their day-to-day lifestyle. I urge all Nigerians to work together to make this country work with or without the president title on our heads, whether the supreme court’s verdict goes down well with us or not. We should keep pushing Nigeria forward with a positive mind and remember to continue exercising our rights to vote because in the end, the country practices a democratic government.