Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has denied a report that he is planning to lead a street protest on the controversies surrounding electronic transmission of results during the last presiential election.
Abubakar is challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the election tribunal.
One of his main grounds for contesting the result is that the officially declared result is different from that on the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, though the electoral umpire has denied that it had such server for the election.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Paul Ibe, Abubakar said reports that he is planning to lead a protest on the matter is false.
Part of the statement reads: ‘‘Our attention has been drawn to a statement circulating in a section of the media to the effect that Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election and Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007 plans to lead a street protest in the event that the election petition tribunal rules against him and his party on the issue of a server for the Independent National Electoral Commission.
‘‘I wish to emphatically state that such a statement did not emanate from Atiku Abubakar or his privies. It is the work of mischief makers who want to mar his spotless pro-democratic record and lay the ground work for their threatened actions against him on false charges of being a threat to national security.
‘‘For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar believes in the rule of law and in the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In his almost four decades in politics, he has never taken action or spoken words against democracy and will not start now. ‘‘Abubakar and his team have confidence in God and thus call on those bent on mischief to have the fear of God and retrace their steps. Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. The culture of fear being created now cannot rein in our democracy. Nigeria and Nigerians have a consistent history of outlasting tyranny and will continue to