Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, has said that he has fought a good fight and that he will not give up on politics and Nigeria.
The remarks of Atiku are on the back of the Supreme Court’s rejection of his petition.
Earlier this Wednesday, the Apex Court disqualified the Peoples ‘ Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, referring to the presidential elections of 23 February 2019 to President Muhammadu Buhari’s win.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on behalf of a committee of seven judges, confirmed that the tribunal had, for about two weeks, read all records and exhibits submitted in the trial and concluded that there was no substance in its appeal.
In response to the ruling, Atiku claimed that he had to acknowledge that he had followed the judicial path as Democrat.
“While I believe that only God is infallible everywhere, and only Nigerians are infallible in our democracy, I must accept that the judicial route I chose to take, as a Democrat, has come to a conclusion.
“Whether justice was done, is left to the Nigerian people to decide. As a democrat, I fought a good fight for the Nigerian people. I will keep on fighting for Nigeria and for democracy, and also for justice.”
He said Nigeria needs a strong judiciary and an impartial electoral arbitration as a country.
“In a democracy, you need a strong judiciary, a free press, and an impartial electoral umpire. Nigeria has none of those three elements as at today. One man, one woman, one youth, one vote, should be the only way to make gains in a democracy. And when that is thwarted, the clock starts to tick.
“The Nigerian judiciary, just like every estate of our realm, has been sabotaged and undermined by an overreaching and dictatorial cabal, who has undone almost all the democratic progress the Peoples Democratic Party and its administrations nurtured for sixteen years, up until 2015.”
Atiku maintained that he remains focused and powerful on Nigeria.
“To those who think they have broken my spirit, I am sorry to disappoint you. I am too focused on Nigeria to think about myself. I gave up that luxury twenty years ago. The question is not if I am broken. The question is if Nigeria is whole?
“I was a democrat, I am a democrat, and I will always continue to be a democrat. May God bless Nigeria,” he added.