Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar has said that it is only by ensuring that democracy is not just done, but seen to be done that he is pursuing the judicial route to ensure that the votes of Nigerians count and are counted.
The former Vice President also said that it is also to ensure that Nigerians have a sense that this our dear land is indeed a land where Unity, Faith, Peace and Progress reside.
He urged all Nigerians to continue their support for the recourse to constitutional order via the courts, adding that even if there is little or nothing they can do to ensure that justice is done in Nigeria, they should just believe that it will happen.
In his words; “Let us never underestimate the effect of our belief in Nigeria. Nothing good comes easy, and hard as the task to rid Nigeria from the forces of fascism, and be an instrument for the full restoration of the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria is, your support makes the struggle worthwhile.
“I owe so much to this great land of Nigeria that took me from the streets of Jada, where I sold firewood, to the heights I have attained, by God’s benevolence, in the civil service, in corporate Nigeria, and in public service.
“If I do not play my part in making it possible for other orphaned children, indigent youths and the less privileged, to replicate and even surpass my path to significance, I would have failed my Maker.
“If I do not ensure that the ladder I climbed remains accessible to those at the bottom, middle and top tiers of society, I would not have fulfilled my purpose.”
Atiku, who stated these in a letter he personally addressed to Nigerians, said we must return to being Africa’s bastion of democracy, where the rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom after the Speech, are guaranteed.
He further said; “We must stand together to pursue this just cause all the way, so that our judiciary are not afraid to do their jobs and have to be wary of blackmail, intimidation, and victimisation.
“Yes, those who do not want this as Nigeria’s reality, will use every trick in the book to undermine, discourage, misinform and mislead, but with God’s help and the support of Nigerians, we will ensure that Nigeria makes a course correction away from tyranny and towards democracy.
“I note the immense outpouring of goodwill from ordinary Nigerians in every nook and cranny of Nigeria and from all regions, religions and relationships. Once again I thank you all for your support. I also thank the governors elected on the platform of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, as well as the National Executive Committee, for their unanimous and unambiguous support for the judicial phase of this struggle, especially after it was announced that we would go on to appeal.
“I write to personally thank you for your support for our shared common goal and the solidarity I enjoyed from all walks of life and every strata of society, right from July 21, 2018, when I informed you, the good people of Nigeria, that I would contest the 2019 Presidential election, to Wednesday September 11, 2019, when the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal rendered its verdict.
“Finally, I say to all concerned, that we will all die and give account of our lives to our Creator.”