By Jude Opara, Abuja
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has asked the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to accept the Tuesday verdict of the Supreme Court that ousted the party’s candidate, Emeka Ihedioha as Governor of Imop state.
the former PDP Presidential candidate in 2019 election said even though the verdict was unpalatable, it was the final process in the electoral dispute.
“The Rule of law must guide our paths even if logic sheds light on a different path” he said in a statement he personally issued in Abuja adding “let me state unequivocally that I solidarise with Emeka Ihedioha, a man I know to be a great leader of men and resources. In the fullness of time, I am convinced that he will overcome this setback and emerge stronger. “
Atiku said he stood fully with the Peoples Democratic Party in its difficult moment.
“In good and bad times, we must continue to be the object of hope that the Nigerian people have for their escape from the prevailing despotism and despair that has gripped almost every aspect of our national life. We provided genuine democracy for this nation once before, and I believe it is our destiny to democratically restore what has been lost due to the encroachment of anti democratic agents, he stated.”
“Philosophers have said that tough times never last, but that tough people do. I urge the people of Imo and the entirety of the Nigerian people not to give in to despair. This nation has gone through despotic times before, and we have survived them and thrived. I am very certain that this history will repeat itself.
“My greatest desire, and one I hope to see again in my lifetime, is that Nigeria will fulfil its potential as the land of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress. These four ideals have been missing from our borders for a while, and all freedom loving Nigerians ought to henceforth work together to bring them back. So help us God,” the statement stressed.