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#SupremeCourtRuling: If you think my spirit is broken, I am sorry to disappoint you - Atiku

“To those who think they have broken my spirit; I am sorry to disappoint you. I am too focused on Nigeria to think about myself."


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Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP Atiku Abubakar suffered a defeat at Nigeria’s highest court, the supreme court on Wednesday.

The court upheld the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23, 2019, Presidential election.

The ruling ends Atiku’s quest to have the election upturned in his favour through the judiciary.

But in his reaction after the ruling on Wednesday, the former Vice President decried that the democratic gains made by the country over the past 20 years have been eroded but noted that he remains resolute in fighting for Nigeria’s democracy.

He said: “It is said that the Supreme Court is not final because it is infallible, but that it is infallible because it is final.

“In a democracy, you need a strong judiciary, a free press and an impartial electoral umpire. Nigeria has none of those three elements as at today.

“One man, one woman, one youth, one vote, should be the only way to make gains in a democracy. And when that is thwarted, the clock starts to tick.”

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Continuing, he said: “Two and a half millennia ago, Sophocles said “If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: “Thou shalt not ration justice.” Nigeria will do well to observe this warning.”

He added: “To those who think they have broken my spirit; I am sorry to disappoint you. I am too focused on Nigeria to think about myself. I gave up that luxury twenty years ago. The question is not if I am broken. The question is if Nigeria is whole?

“This is not a time for too many words. It will suffice for me to remind Nigeria of this - we are an independent nation and we are the architects of our fate. If we do not build a free Nigeria, we may end up destroying her, and God forbid that that should be the case.

“I was a democrat, I am a democrat, and I will always continue to be a democrat. May God bless Nigeria.

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