A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted comments made by the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, Atiku Abubakar, that he would reclaim his “stolen mandate”
Naija News reports that the former Vice President made this comment in a statement titled: ‘A MESSAGE OF HOPE TO THE OVER 18 MILLION ATIKULATED FAMILY MEMBERS.’
In the statement which was issued on Sunday and signed by his Special Assistant on Youth and Support Groups Ambassador Aliyu Bin Abbas, Abubakar assured millions of his supporters in the last elections, that victory was sure.
“Like never before in the history of presidential election petition in Nigeria, the plethora, overwhelming, watertight and barefaced evidences at the disposal of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP has put us on a track to glory,” he said.
The PDP Presidential candidate appreciated the efforts, doggedness and determination of his supporters to bring about a new Nigeria where businesses and investment will thrive when Wazirin Adamawa reclaims his mandate at the tribunals.
Abubakar told his supporters not to despair, but remain resolute, noting that: “Right now, our dream of a #BetterNigeria may seem to have been dashed by the cowardice behaviour of the chairman of INEC, caving into the desperation of the APC to cling to power at all costs.
“But I want to tell everyone of us that the good news is there’s light at the end of tunnel. The vision to Atikulate a new Nigeria is alive.
“Be optimistic as you have always been because the JOURNEY to reclaiming the stolen mandate to create #BetterJobs for the millions of unemployed youth of this country, provide #BetterLife and #GetNigeriaWorkingAgain WILL SURELY BE FRUITFUL because TRUTH is on our side.
Moments after the news broke, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to react to the statement.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Take your rightful place Sir.
I know you’ll never go on private visits with state funds .
Your business acumen will drive the economy.
You will once again hire the best Nigerian hands to move the nation forward.
Your victory dance has been pre-recorded.
Atiku, man wey sabi https://t.co/OoIDRNCFX0
— One.acre (@NekkaSmith) April 28, 2019
"Like never before in the history of presidential election petition in Nigeria, the plethora, overwhelming, watertight and barefaced evidences at the disposal of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP has put us on a track to glory,” #AtikuIsComing
— Hamma (@HAHayatu) April 28, 2019
Hello @OfficialAPCNg just to remind you that @atiku is not Jonathan, there's no way he'll just let u guys go like that.
The best fight against corruption is fighting to finish the exclusively made in Daura INTEGRITY, and @atiku will fight to win.#AtikuIsComing
— Kuyet Simon Karick (@KarickSKuyet) April 28, 2019
I’ll Be Your President, I’ll Reclaim My Mandate – @atiku Sends Message To Supporters
Keep Calm People #AtikuIsComing pic.twitter.com/E1DLwMU1Ge
— H A S S A N (@Noble_Hassan) April 29, 2019
Atiku's mandate claim is like searching for a needle in an ocean.
— iam_musty (@MustaphaOlatu19) April 28, 2019
Nigeria is currently in a hopeless state; even those who hated @atiku at the elections just to appear politically correct have all joined in our Lord's prayer that the Judiciary must restore the stolen mandate and the serial failure @MBuhari be gone for good.
— Holy Grail D'حزقيال (@ezek_o) April 28, 2019
Amen. Amen. Amen. Until victory,always.https://t.co/YgiS3hZEvn
— John Danfulani (@john_danfulani) April 28, 2019
Oga, on today's kakaaki social you didn't try, in fact, you untried. How can you give out such a spoiler. In fact, no more kakaaki social for me until Atiku reclaims his mandate
— Theophilus Byoma (@monsieur_byoma) April 29, 2019
Things Jack Bauer can do under 24 hours
Finish Boko Haram
End Fulani Crisis
Give Atiku his Mandate
Ban Eba for life
Defeat the Night King
Defeat Thanos…..and more
So stop shouting Avengers up and down! pic.twitter.com/VYFnSRCvUX
— Son of Heights (@ace_nombiyan) April 28, 2019
We're still very Atikulated
If given the opportunity again, I will still go the extra mile for his sake.@atiku#Atiku pic.twitter.com/mCSXXle045
— Grace Okagbare (@Okagbare01) April 28, 2019
When Atiku see president Buhari driving to Aso-Rock today ..
— Jubril of Sudan till 2023 (@ijaola_ibrahim) April 28, 2019
Atiku is coming sir…it is 4+0. @DemolaRewaju
We deserve a better Nigeria and we won't compromise that @chosensomto
Let us have faith in the Judiciary and follow the petition. @atiku is coming back. pic.twitter.com/NaHZZBATa1
— B F (@bfa_funso) April 29, 2019