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Ex-presidential candidates urges Atiku to drop litigation, concede defeat

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The forum of Presidential candidates and political parties for Good Governance has appealed to the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Abubakar Atiku to drop litigation against the outcome of the presidential elections and concede defeat.

Atiku, who expressed dissatisfaction with the just concluded presidential polls had inaugurated a legal team to reclaim his “stolen mandate.”

But, the chairman of the Forum presidential candidates who contested in the elction, Mr. Shittu Kabir addressing a press conference on Monday in Abuja, urged Atiku to disregard the advice of those asking him to challenge the outcome of the elction in court.

Kabir, while noting that Atiku has the right to seek legal action however urged him to accept the outcome of the election for the sake of peace and in the interest of the Nation.

He said, “We have taken keen interest in the pronouncements of politicians and some other statements on the outcome of the election and its acceptability or otherwise.

“It is our considered opinion and conviction that the interest of the nation will not be served by any party or individual resorting to litigation, either to upturn the verdict of INEC or challenging the conduct of the election.

“With all sense of patriotism, we urge the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to disregard the advice of those asking him to challenge the outcome of election.

“We strongly urge Alhaji Abubakar to drop the legal option in expressing his grievances. This is consistent with the counsel of many well-meaning Nigerians including Chief Olisa Agbakoba and General Ibrahim Babangida.

“At his age, he should avoid any action and utterances capable of fanning the embers of discord, disagreement and violent conduct. Nigeria is greater than any personal or class interest”.

“We ugre him to see it as a passionate appeal, we are not staying that he has no right to go to court, but he should act like an elder state man for the development of Nigerian. Let’s look at the national interest, it should be the drive, because we don’t have time now to waste, let him do it for the national interest.”

The chairman, also informed that he has urged the buhari-led government to be magnanimous in victory and improve on its performance,

“We have urged that irrespective of political party, religion or tribe, the government should pick the best brains across the land and those who can contribute to the development of the country across the nation.” kabir said.

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