Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, says the outcome of the suit filed against the election shows that “all is not well”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election, but Atiku rejected the result and headed for the court.
The Presidential Elections Petition Tribunal had dismissed his suit and upheld Tinubu’s victory.
Dissatisfied, Atiku headed for the Supreme Court and subsequently sought to include additional “forgery evidence” which he obtained from the Chicago State University, but the court objected this on the grounds that plea was made outside the 180-day mandatory period stipulated by the law.
At a World Press Conference on Monday, Atiku said what Nigeria is dealing with is bigger than just a Presidential election.
He said his evidence shows that INEC violated the electoral act and procedure to declare Tinubu president.
“The Supreme Court outcome even though final shows that all is not well,” he said, adding that retired Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad, recently gave a pointer to the situation in the judiciary.
Atiku said when INEC and the judiciary are enmeshed in controversy, democracy cannot thrive.