22 March 2019

Nigeria: Edo, Niger Governors Tackle Atiku Over Victory Claim

Presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubakar is hallucinating in his quest to quash President Muhammadu Buhari's victory, Edo State governor, Godwin Obasaki, said yesterday.

INEC had declared Buhari as winner of the February 23 presidential election and Atiku has since gone to court, where he said he would reclaim his "stolen mandate."

Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari, Obaseki said Atiku was hallucinating.

"You heard the word, they (Atiku and PDP) are hallucinating," he said, while responding to question on Atiku's claim that he won the presidential poll.

Obasaki said he met the president over issues pertaining economic development, security and how to make progress in the next four years.

Also speaking on Atiku's claim in a separate interview, Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, said it was not unusual for such a claim to be made.

"It's not unusual, when you lose elections, you go to court for so many reasons. It could be that you think you won, or it could be that someone is telling you that you've won, or it could be that someone is telling you some miracles can happen. It could also be that someone wants to get money off you.

"So, there is no reason why after a free and fair elections and it's clear in the eyes of the world, one still believes that there are shoddy dealings. Anyone who feels dissatisfied is free to approach a court of law ," he said.


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