Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and all Nigerians must learn to accept the rule of law regardless of unpalatable decisions delivered by the judiciary.
Atiku said this in a statement posted on his Twitter page on Wednesday in reaction to the sacking of Emeka Ihedioha as the Imo State governor by the Supreme Court.
A seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, voided the declaration of PDP’s Ihedioha by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the March 9 Imo governorship election.
But Atiku stated that “even if logic sheds light on a different path”, the PDP must accept the judgment since the Supreme Court is the final arbiter in the country.
The former vice president, who was the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, lamented that the current administration had destroyed the democratic gains achieved in the country during the 16-year tenure of the major opposition party.
He stated that his greatest hope is to see Nigeria return on the right track and “fulfil its potential as the land of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress”.
“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.
“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,” the statement read.
Atiku commiserated with Ihedioha and the PDP over the loss, saying the sacked governor and the party will bounce back stronger.
“Let me state unequivocally that I solidarize with @EmekaIhedioha, a man I know 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 Peoples Democratic Party. In good and bad times, we must continue to be the object of hope that the Nigerian people have for their escape from the prevailing despotism and despair that has gripped almost every aspect of our national life,” the statement read.