The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has distanced himself from a statement in which he purportedly threatened to call for massive protests if the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal does not declare him winner.
Atiku took to his verified Twitter handle to issue the rebuttal on Sunday.
He described the quote as “fake” and the “handiwork of mischief makers”.
A Twitter page, @YouthSupportPDP had shared the quote attributed to Atiku which reads: “My Server Results Are Authentic and If judges frustrate the Justice we will take over the street. I will lead all Nigerians in a massive protest that mankind have never witness before.”
Reacting, Atiku said, “The quote purportedly attributed to me with respect to INEC Server, an issue currently before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is fake and the handiwork of mischief makers.”
The quote purportedly attributed to me with respect to INEC Server, an issue currently before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is fake and the handiwork of mischief makers. -AA https://t.co/pz5pKNiqub
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) June 16, 2019
Atiku had prayed the tribunal to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to grant him access to its server used in collating result of the February 23 presidential poll.
The opposition candidate claimed that results from INEC’s server did not tally with what the electoral commission announced.
However, the commission through its counsel, Lateef Fagbemi SAN told the tribunal on Thursday that it had no electronic server being sought to be accessed and inspected by Atiku and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).