Atiku Returns, Says “I Am Ready For Fresh Elections.”

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has reiterated his preparedness for the conduct of fresh presidential elections, as he anticipates from the ruling of the election petition tribunal.

Atiku, who returns from a medical trip of his knee injury on Saturday, said he felt justified in his consistent and unbending trust in the country’s judiciary following the Supreme Court ruling that removed Sir Celestine Omehia as Rivers State governor.

Atiku’s position is coming as his party, the Action Congress, yesterday called on President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to immediately reconstitute the Independent National Electoral Commission, preparatory for the conduct of fresh polls.

Speaking through his media consultant, Malam Garba Shehu, Atiku said he expects nothing less from the tribunal than the nullification of the April presidential elections and more of some gubernatorial elections, that were heavily marred by alleged deliberate irregularities and controversies.

He said he has recovered from his knee injury which treatment took place in the United States and Dubai and that since he no longer walks the stick anymore, he is fully back to the trenches.

In a statement, he said, “The court decisions across the country on electoral petitions so far have shown that politicians no longer needed the military to sort out politics when they mess things up. We have gone past that stage.” While praising the judiciary as the last hope of the common man, the former VP said the verdicts are signs of more things to come.

Meanwhile, the Action Congress (AC) has called on President Yar’Adua to act swiftly to rectify the situation that has led to the election petition tribunals and the

Supreme Court nullifying one election after another or reversing illegal decisions.

In a statement issued in Abuja Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the starting point would be the reconstitution of INEC and the sanitisation of the EFCC and other law enforcement agencies, ahead of the by/fresh elections ordered by the tribunals and the local government polls in the country.

AC said it would amount to a disaster – an avoidable one at that — to have the old order in place to conduct the by/fresh elections that will result from the outcome of the various election tribunals sitting across the country as well as the council polls.

It specifically called for the trial of all those who have put Nigeria in the avoidable, shameful situation of having the election of governors as well as lawmakers at state and federal levels nullified in droves, a development it said was unprecedented in the country’s history.

AC listed some of such persons as members of INEC, led by its Chairman, Maurice Iwu; EFCC chairman Nuhu Ribadu as well as the security agencies, all of whom colluded with former President Olusegun Obasanjo to make a mess of what had been billed as historic polls.

‘’Together, these people played a major role in the monumental disgrace the April elections turned out to be and the process leading to the polls, especially the failure of the Peoples Democratic Party, which seems only democratic in name, to respect its own rules, leading to the shuffling of candidates like a pack of cards and at the whims and caprices of Obasanjo,

‘’We also recollect that the EFCC orchestrated the so-called indictment of Rotimi Amaechi, which led to his illegal substitution as the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate with Celestine Omehia, who never contested the party’s primaries. Thankfully, the injustice done to Amaechi has been redressed by the Supreme Court.

‘’It is pertinent also to remind Nigerians that the same EFCC said Abubakar Audu of Kogi was not qualified to contest for the Kogi state gubernatorial election on the basis of a phantom indictment, even after he has been duly nominated by his party, ANPP.

“Of course the nonsense in Kebbi, where a non-party man was put forward by the PDP as its gubernatorial candidate, has also come to the fore with the decision of the state’s electoral tribunal nullifying the governorship election there.

‘’While the EFCC was weaving its web of lies against select candidates, in the name of fighting corruption, the INEC turned itself to an arm of the PDP and a willing tool in the hands of a vindictive president, who also used the security agencies, to thwart the will of the people at the polls.

‘’Unless the disgusting ‘legacy’ of witch-hunting, brigandage, lawlessness and unconstitutional acts left by Obasanjo is dismantled, all the talk about the supremacy of the rule of law and due process will amount to a mere sloganeering,’’ AC warned.

It said the delay in overhauling INEC, in particular, has continued to embolden its unrepentant, uncouth and shameless Chairman, Maurice Iwu, and his cohorts to continue wasting public funds to place newspaper adverts boasting that the April elections reflected the will of the Nigerian people, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

– Leadership


2 responses to “Atiku Returns, Says “I Am Ready For Fresh Elections.”

  1. I am extremely proud of Atiku and his consistency. I cannot say that for Rimi. He will be rubbished because the judiciary are alive to their duties and the law witll take its full course in analysing the April elections and in the face of the overwhelming evidence it will over turn the PDP majority.
    Nigeria is a country that ought to be on the world map for the right reasons. It is time Nigerians stand up to be counted.
    It is only in a corrupt country like Nigeria that a patriotic woman like Ngozo Okonjo Iweal will be unappreciated by Obasanjo. Now that he is out of power noone comes to him again. He is not the first ot be out of power but I bet more people come to IBB and Abubarkar than they do him.
    Fresh elections must be conducted and Iwu and tho old oredermust not oversee it. idris had in mind that the old brigade will conduct the electioins and this was why he said that even if the elsections are conducted ten times, he would win.

    The option where people que behind their candidate must be used. It could be conducted in batches if the line will be too ong.Unless Nigeria has ademocracy in the true sense of the word, then one can forget it . Ghana and south Africa has more international respect than Niheria. South African products with their country boldly written on it are sold in germany and other countries but I have never seen Nigerian products with Nigeria on it.

    we must make a clean start and get it right. If the elections are cancelled parties will be afraid to rig because they know they will have to face the music

  2. Mone Kingdom (somewhere)

    Anyway, it’s sad to hear someone like Atiku talking about fresh poll in Nigeria, wither the Supreme Court ruling that removed Sir Celestine Omehia as Rivers State governor from office, is nor of his business as Atiku, this is something for Nigerians that voted for democracy should be proud of not you Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

    In his days in office, what did he and his former Father Obasanjo (OBJ) imparted in the country’s judiciary system that he is looking forward to receive from. He only can tell the world how they (Obasanjo and Atiku) get themself into the house of Power in Nigeria during the 1999 and 2003 election, so it has happened again with the New Administration.
    Before Mr. V.P (Atiku Abubakar) should be thinking of conducting fresh polls, he should try and explain to Nigerians what happen on how they (Obasanjo and Atiku) sold out Nigeria and he must go to EFCC for clearance too.

    I don’t think we Nigerians need fresh presidential elections if Atiku is the man that want to contest for that election and we are not ready to waist further Nigeria money on fresh poll.

    Should President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua is been remove from office by the Supreme Court as in the case of Sir Celestine Omehia as Rivers State governor, then the same supreme court will look for the next qualified person not Atiku. there are millions of Nigerians who qualify to take the office of leadership in our country, his eight years as V.P is OK for Nigerians we don’t need further contribution from him right now.

    should in case we do need him for anything, Nigerians will call on Atiku.

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