The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday accused the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of bribing parties to accept him as winner of the February 23 presidential election.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, said this on Twitter.
He said the move will not stop PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, from going to court.
Ologbondiyan tweeted: “It doesn’t matter the number of parties sponsored by the Buhari Presidency and the APC to demand that the Peoples President, Atiku to accept the outcome of rigged February 23 presidential election.
“My advice to APCites is to return our stolen mandate or come to the tribunal.”
The spokesman spoke after twelve presidential candidates congratulated Buhari.
Acting under the aegis of Forum of Presidential Candidates and Political Parties for Good Governance, the group said at a news conference in Abuja, that the victory was deserved.
Chairman of the forum, Mr Shittu Kabir, said “we are indeed not oblivious of the fact that only one candidate will emerge as president.
”Now that the candidate of the APC, President Buhari has been re-elected, we have no qualms accepting his victory.
Kabir, who is a member of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), appealed to Atiku, not to contest Buhari’s victory in court.
”We urge the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to disregard the advice of those asking him to challenge the outcome of the election in court.
”To borrow the popular adage in Africa, two litigants cannot resolve their differences in court and return to the same house as brothers. President Buhari and Alhaji Abubakar are brothers.
”We strongly urge Alhaji Abubakar to drop the legal option in expressing his grievances. This is consistent with the counsel of many well-meaning Nigerians, including Chief Olisa Agbakoba and General Ibrahim Babangida.
”We also believe that the former Vice President has made a mark among Nigerians of means who have positively impacted their communities.
”We think he has a lot more to contribute to developing humanity and promoting peace and progress in our nation, even without holding any political office.
”At his age, he should now avoid any action and utterances capable of fanning the embers of discord, disagreement and violent conduct. Nigeria is greater than any personal or class interest,” he said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner having polled 15,191,847 votes as against Atiku’s 11,262,978 votes with a victory margin of 3,928,869 votes
Meanwhile, Atiku has inaugurated his legal team headed by Dr Livy Uzoukwu, SAN, to challenge the result.