The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, says there is a desperate move to make him concede and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the Presidential election of February 23. 

But there is an assurance he is giving to his supporter. 

"Under no circumstance will I mortgage the mandate of Nigerians as expressed on February 23 Presidential Election," he said.

In a statement by Atiku's spokesman, Mr Paul Ibe, on Saturday he said the assurance came against the backdrop of the invasion and arrest of Babalele Abdullahi, the Finance Director of his group of companies in Abuja on Saturday.

This is coming days after he said he would challenge the outcome of the presidential election in court. 

The former Vice-President alleged that in a “desperate move” to make him concede and congratulate Buhari, the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at about 8.30 a.m. on Saturday invaded the Maitama residence of Babalele.

He said that the personnel of the anti-graft agency were, however, not given access into the house until his lawyers arrived.

“The EFCC agents numbering about two dozens came in two regular vehicles, an 18-seater Toyota bus (registration Abuja CS 522 RSH) and a Hilux van.

“They came with a search warrant to search the house and office of Babalele and found nothing incriminating

“They then proceeded to his office at Oakland Centre in Maitama and found nothing incriminating there.

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“However, they took away some documents of landed property. Not done, the EFCC officials stormed his Wuse residence where they again found nothing incriminating after the search.

“Afterwards, Babalele was taken away to the EFCC office in Wuse to make a statement alongside Mr Lawan Ayuba.

“It was gathered that the petition relied upon to invade the residence and office of Babalele was authored by a brother of the wife of President Buhari," the statement read.

Abubakar said that as a law abiding citizen, he recognised the constitutional role of the EFCC and indeed any other agency of the government to carry out investigations.

He, however, said that he would not be cowed by any attempt to blackmail him into mortgaging his mandate.

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