Buhari writes US, EU to stop Atiku from going to court, advises him to imitate Jonathan and concede defeat
In a bizarre letters sent to the United State, the European Union and the African Union, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the international community to stop Atiku from going to court even as he advised former Vice President and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to imitate former president Goodluck Jonathan and concede defeat.
Buhari spoke through his campaign organization, the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO).
Daily Mail obtained the press statement signed by BCO’s Director of Communications and Strategic Planning, Malam Gidado Ibrahim, in which Buhari wrote to the US, European Union and the African Union urging the international communities to also prevail on Atiku not to go to court.
The group insisted that the election was free and fair and accused Atiku of trying to drag the Nigeria’s electoral system back by going to court.
In the separate letters addressed to the EU and the AU the group said President Buhari has been fair enough by asking supporters not to mock oppositions after he was declared winner of the poll.
The Buhari Organization said, “We are writing to inform you of the undemocratic tendencies of the presidential candidate of the main opposition party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, who has chosen to take the electoral process in Nigeria backward after a peaceful and credible presidential and National Assembly elections conducted penultimate Saturday.
“Atiku should follow former President Goodluck Jonathan’s example. Nobody’s life should be sacrificed for any politician’s ambition.”
This is coming on the heels of the inauguration of Atiku’s legal team to begin the judicial process to take back what he called his mandate, the mandate of the people he said.
Earlier, members of the Peace Committee headed by former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar had paid a courtesy visit to the former Vice President and later to Buhari.
But details of the meeting was sketchy, it however emerged that Atiku had given the committee certain conditions to take to Buhari.
Daily Mail could not confirm if the conditions were indeed delivered and what such were and if the work of the Peace Committee has hit the rock.
But a source inside the Committee expressed dismay at the election that produced Buhari even as he noted that the election has not been concluded as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is still carrying out supplementary elections in some areas due to violence.
He noted that the Committee had one voice in its internal condemnation of the election noting preventative mechanisms used by the State to suppress opposition stronghold and inflation of imaginary voting figures in the ruling party considered its areas of strength due to excuse of insecurity.
Also, Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana faulted INEC noting it was always going to be difficult for Atiku to win in such circumstances as a result of the disposition of the electoral body.