Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s legal battle after losing the February 23 presidential election may be a plot by some persons to make some money from him, Governor Mohammed Bello of Niger state suggested this yesterday.
Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lost the election to incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was seeking a reelection on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku, had lost to the APC at the polling unit in his village where he cast his ballot.
Atiku has approached the Election Petition Tribunal, seeking Buhari’s ouster.
Reacting, the Niger state governor, Bello, while speaking to State House Correspondents, after a congratulatory visit to President Buhari, noted that the said election was the fairest ever conducted in Nigeria.
“It is not unusual. When you lose elections, you go to court for so many reasons. It could be that you think that you won or it could be that someone is telling you that you have won; or it could be that someone is telling you some miracles could happen.
” It could also be that someone wants to get money off you. So there is no reason why after free and fair elections had been conducted and it is clear in the eyes of the world, one still believes that there are shoddy dealings”.
The governor however stated that under a democratic regime, anyone was free to approach the courts for redress over electoral dissatisfaction but held that Atiku’s legal move was an exercise in futility, given that Nigerians had since spoken through the ballots.