The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has decried the violence that marred the 2019 presidential and National Assembly polls on Saturday, resulting in loss of lives and properties. He called on Nigerians to stop being pawns in the election process.
Backstory: The former Vice President and presidential aspirant, in his reaction to the unfortunate events which took place during and after the election reiterated his stance that his ascension to the presidency shouldn’t be worth the life of any Nigerian.
This was contained in a statement signed by the PDP candidate’s Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, on Sunday.
- No one should die to further another person’s ambitions. Celebrating a victory achieved through the blood of innocent Nigerians, including volunteers like the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) by any politician, would be morbid and wrong.
- He condoled with the families and friends of the dead, saying they won’t be forgotten even though they were casualties in violence “being aided and abetted by desperate politicians, giving our democracy a bad name.”
- He said the real enemies to be fought are poverty, unemployment, hunger, nepotism, division and uncertain future.