Former Nigerian Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the February 25, 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, addressed the press in Abuja following the Supreme Court’s verdict dismissing his appeal. The verdict affirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu.
In his speech, Atiku Abubakar expressed concerns over the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision, emphasizing that it could erode trust in the electoral system and democracy. He stated that the judgments had far-reaching implications, such as undermining trust, encouraging electoral malpractices, and discouraging those who lose elections from seeking legal redress.
Atiku also raised concerns about the role of the judiciary, the politicization of the appointment of judges, and the need for judicial reforms to restore confidence in the electoral process. He proposed constitutional amendments and changes to the Electoral Act, including the introduction of electronic voting, a requirement for all litigation to be concluded before the inauguration of a winner, a run-off system for presidential elections, and a single six-year term for the President to be rotated among the six geopolitical zones.
Atiku’s speech highlighted his commitment to Nigeria’s democracy and rule of law and his desire for electoral and political reforms that will enhance transparency and voter confidence in the electoral process.
As the political landscape in Nigeria continues to evolve, Atiku’s speech reflects the ongoing debate and concern over the country’s electoral processes and the need for reform to ensure free, fair, and transparent elections.
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