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APC ‘Very Anxious’ To Meet Atiku In Court – Festus Keyamo

Valentine Chinyem

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The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it is ready to meet the aggrieved candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar in court.

This was made known in a statement by the spokesman of the APC presidential campaign council, Mr. Festus Keyamo. According to him, Atiku has a right to seek redress in court.

Recall that Atiku has continued to maintain his stand on going to court over the conduct of the February 23 presidential polls, which he said was massively rigged.

Several groups have however called on him to shun on the court and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari, most notably being the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO).

However, Festus Keyamo has a different opinion, he noted that BSO does not in any way speak for Buhari and the APC, adding that they are in fact anxious to meet Atiku in court.

READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW

WE DO NOT SEEK TO STOP ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR FROM GOING TO COURT

Our attention has been drawn to some news item and posts on social media reporting that we wrote a letter to some international bodies to prevail on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not to proceed to court to challenge the result of the 2019 Presidential Election.

Our investigation reveals that a letter to that effect was purportedly written by a certain ‘Buhari Campaign Organisation’. This is the second time we will be informing the public that the said ‘Buhari Campaign Organisation’ does not act at the behest of the APC Presidential Campaign Council nor does it represent the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation in any way. As a result, whatever it has released DOES NOT REPRESENT THE POSITION OF THE APC PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COUNCIL OR PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI.

Our official position is that we believe that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a constitutional right to seek redress in court and we do not seek in any way to curtail that right. In fact, it is the resort to court that is the only democratic way to ventilate his perceived grievance and any attempt to restrict or discourage the exercise of such right would be an invitation to anarchy.

In addition, we are very anxious to meet Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in court in order to show the world in a conclusive manner the free and fair nature of the comprehensive defeat of Atiku at the polls. An election is not termed ‘rigged’ only by the mere claim of it by the loser. That is what Atiku and the PDP want to ram down our throats. Unfortunately for them, international, continental and sub-regional observers (who can be seen as neutral by all standards) ALL declared the election to be free, fair and credible. No ego-massaging narrative can change that.

We therefore totally disassociate ourselves from the letter purportedly written by one of, perhaps, many support groups of President Muhammadu Buhari. They may have a right to their opinion, but it does not represent our official position.

Thank you.
FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb (UK),
Director of Strategic Communications,
APC Presidential Campaign Council
(Official Spokesperson)