The Federal Government says President Muhammadu Buhari is not worried about the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar’s plans to challenge the result of Saturday’s presidential election.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made this known in a statement released on Thursday.
Mustapha, who is also from Adamawa state like Atiku, said there is nothing to worry about, adding that the election was credible, open and transparent.
The statement read: “We are not jittery at all because the process was open and transparent. It was a credible election and we will continue to savour in the victory but in the process too, we will extend the hand of friendship for the purpose of nation-building and reconciliation.
“Our electoral Act and the constitution have both provided a window for whoever is dissatisfied with the process of election to seek redress. That is the path and we will encourage them to go along that path.”
He added that “Looking into the future of the country, the President is very clear about what he wants to do.
“He will stand on the three pivot points that he pushed forward in 2015; securing the nation, diversifying the economy and also fighting corruption with all intensity.
“There will be inclusiveness all over the place. This is one government that has really invested in social infrastructure by bringing people who are below the poverty level up and out of poverty.
“There are so many things that we are looking forward to and I am very thrilled and grateful that we had this opportunity to now consolidate on the tenets and gains of our democracy.”
Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had 11,262,978 votes.
However, Atiku on Wednesday rejected the outcome of the election, condemning the election process which he said was “heavily militarised” and results manipulated.
In a statement he issued personally on Wednesday morning, Atiku said one obvious red flag in the election was the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states.
Atiku said that the militarsation of the electoral process was a disservice to Nigeria’s democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship.
He said that in some areas of the country, such as Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the citizens they were meant to protect, saying this is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.
He appreciated the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty the election.
Abubakar said that the patriotism of Nigerians was heartwarming and affirms his “oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria.”
The former Vice President assured his supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, “we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.