You Are Free To Go To Court- Presidency Tells Atiku

By Talatu Bala

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, says President Muhammadu Buhari and his supporters are not worried or disturbed about Atiku Abubakar’s plans to challenge the result of Saturday’s presidential election in court.

Boss Mustapha stated this while speaking with State House correspondents after a dinner hosted by President Buhari for some of the APC members at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday night.

He said that the Nigerian Constitution and the Electoral Act have made the provision for any candidate that is dissatisfied with election result to seek redress in court.

Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), scored 15,191,847 votes to floor  Atiku Abubakar , the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 11,262,978 votes.

After announcement of the results by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu early on  Wednedday, Atiku rejected the outcome of the election, describing it as the worst in Nigeria’s history.

Boss  Mustapha said there is nothing to worry about as the credibility of the election result was attested to by both domestic and international observers.

According to him, “We are not jittery at all because the process was open and transparent. It was a credible election and we will continue to savour the victory. In the process too, we will extend the hand of friendship for the purpose of nation building and reconciliation.’’

He said, “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.”