Former Vice President of Nigeria and 2019 Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has sent his words of solidarity to Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, whose re-election was nullified by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Atiku Abubakar in a statement, which he disclosed in Abuja on Wednesday, described Governor Ihedioha as a great leader of men and resources.
Abubakar urged him to accept the court judgement in good faith.
His statement in full read:
“I can only say that since the Supreme Court is final, we must accept its judgment, however unexpected and unpalatable it may be.
“The Rule of Law must guide our paths even if logic sheds light on a different path.
“Let me state unequivocally that I solidarize with Ihedioha, a man I knew to be a great leader of men and resources.
“In the fullness of time, I am convinced that he will overcome this setback and emerge stronger, I also stand fully with the PDP.
“Philosophers have said that tough times never last, but that tough people do. I urge the people of Imo and the entirety of the Nigerian people not to give in to despair.
“This nation has gone through despotic times before, and we have survived them and thrived. I am very confident that this history will repeat itself.
“My greatest desire, and one I hope to see again in my lifetime, is that Nigeria will fulfil its potential as the land of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress.
“These four ideals have been missing from our borders for a while, and all freedom-loving Nigerians ought to henceforth work together to bring them back. So help us, God.”
Atiku used that opportunity to remind Nigeria that PDP provided genuine democracy for Nigerians when it was in power. He also mentioned that it is the party’s mantle to democratically restore what had been lost due to the encroachment of anti-democratic agents.