2019: 'I Will Not Concede Defeat If Election Is Rigged' - Atiku
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said he will only concede defeat if the 2019 presidential election is free and fair.
Atiku said he has conceded defeat when he lost before, and does not see why he will not again if the election is adjudged free and fair.
He, however, didn’t say what action he plans to take if the election is rigged.
Atiku was speaking on ‘The Candidates’ a televised town hall meeting hosted by journalist Kadaria Ahmed on NTA Wednesday(January 30th) night. Peter Obi, his running mate appeared with him.
The former Vice President is the main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at the presidential elections scheduled for February 16.
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Atiku’s response appeared starkly different from the one offered by Buhari when he was asked the same question when he appeared on the programme earlier this month.
When Ahmed asked Buhari whether he would concede, rather than say categorically whether or not he would, the president gave a response that was widely deemed non-committal.
Although he made reference to his previous presidential election losses, he insisted those happened because he was cheated, and not because citizens did not vote for him.
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