Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar yesterday alleged that his former boss, former Presi-dent Olusegun Obasanjo, deliberately subverted dem-ocracy by manipulating the election results in Adamawa State to humiliate him.
Atiku stated that Obasanjo resorted to many anti-democratic tendencies which could have culminated in the country becoming a Banana republic, adding that every Nigerian knew that the Action Congress (AC) won the election in Adamawa State.
He said the former president had to manipulate the results to favour the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) using the federal might.
He maintained that the AC would emerge victorious in reclaiming its stolen mandate through the judicial process at the various tribunals spread all over the country, as he had done in earlier cases against Obasanjo and the PDP.
Atiku made the comments while receiving Prince Tonye Princewill, the Rivers State AC governorship candidate in the last general election, in his Ganye-Adamawa country home residence.
He said he had been able to survive and persevere because of his strict adherence to the ideals of rule of law, consistency, endurance and sincerity of purpose.
The former vice-president said in spite of his recent travails, he remained committed to the revolution of a sound democratic culture in the country.
He urged younger politicians such as Princewill to remain consistent and be prepared to face challenges as no success was possible without hard work and perseverance.
He commended Princewill for his courage and endurance in the face of injustices that characterised the last election in his state.
Atiku said the AC was making a headway in politics in the country because of its identification with the grassroots and in saving the masses from what “the quagmire of oppression by unpatriotic Nigerians”.
Speaking earlier, Princewill said he was in the state to brief the former vice-president on the current political situation in Rivers State, adding that the AC in state had remained unshaken in the course of justice and the rule of law in spite of recent overtures by the new administration in the state.
He said he was also in the state to seek areas of cooperation and partnership, as the AC was set to reclaim its “stolen mandates” in Adamawa and Rivers states through the rule of law.
He added that the AC in Rivers had just won a court ruling stopping the PDP and the state government from the conducting local government elections until a sound structure was laid that would ensure justice and equity and accommodate all the political parties in the state.
Princewill, who said his supporters and himself were harassed and intimidated in the last one year, said that they were lucky to survive as a result of their commitment to the rule of law.