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2019: Be Like Jonathan, Concede Defeat If You Lose – Atiku To Buhari

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said President Muhammadu Buhari will be judged by his actions in the run-up to the February 16 presidential election and not by rhetoric.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan should he lose the presidential election.

Jonathan conceded defeat when Buhari defeated him at the polls during the 2015 presidential election.

Atiku stated this while reacting to a statement in the President’s New Year speech.

Buhari, in his message, said that the upcoming election was not a do or die affair.

In his response, Atiku said: “It is not enough to preach peace when he (Buhari) cannot publicly condemn the violent behaviour of his supporters who harass, molest and publicly humiliate his opponents and their supporters.

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“It is not enough for the President to condemn do-or-die politics if he cannot control the activities of overzealous aides, including the country’s security chiefs, especially the Inspector General of Police whose activities lately gives him away as a partisan player in the negation of his constitutional role.

“Go beyond lip service and urge security chiefs to be politically neutral during the election.

"Their loyalty to the constitution doesn’t include putting themselves at the service of the ruling party at the expense of free and fair elections.

"Jonathan lived by his noble words and statesmanship when he conceded defeat without hesitation, thereby contributing to peaceful conduct of the election.”

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