Vice President Yemi Osinbajo ( SAN) has justified the victory of the All Progressives Congress at the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections .
At the meeting the Abdulsalami – led committee had with the Vice President on Thursday night , the committee members were told that the APC did not rig the elections .
It was gathered that Osinbajo , a professor of law and an ordained pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God , said the ruling party ’ s victory was not a fluke .
Sources at the meeting said the vice -president analysed the voting pattern and concluded that there was no way the PDP would have won the elections as being claimed by members of the main opposition party .
The source said , “ The Vice President told us how the APC deserved the victory it got and how President Buhari had transformed the economy and worked on the security architecture of the country . He spoke on how the Federal Government had used the military to restore peace to the North- East .
“ He said the APC got the huge number of votes it got from the North- East because the voters wanted to show gratitude to the President and his team . He also explained how the President had usually got huge number of votes from both the North – East and North- West even when he was a member of a small political party that did not have any structure . ”
At the end of the meeting , our correspondent learnt that Cardinal Onaiyekan told the vice – president that the President must pursue reconciliation and that it would not be good to have a divided country.
“ The Cardinal told him ( Osinbajo ) that the Federal Government must listen to the people , pursue reconciliation , ” the source added .
Meanwhile , Atiku said that his decision to resort to legal means to claim his alleged stolen mandate was not discussed at his meeting with the Abdulsalami committee .
A statement issued by his media aide , Paul Ibe , said the former vice president had also called on Nigerians to vote for the PDP on Saturday.
He said , “ The issue of Atiku Abubakar and his party ’ s recourse to legitimate actions to reclaim his stolen mandate was not discussed at the meeting . Atiku Abubakar restates that as a democrat , he will follow laid – down constitutional and democratic procedures to challenge the electoral malfeasance committed by the APC in cahoots with the INEC .
“ Atiku Abubakar further urges Nigerians to come out en masse and vote in the March 9 gubernatorial and state Houses of Assembly elections for the PDP candidates and stay to defend their votes up to collation point . ”