Prior to the just concluded 2019 General Elections, there were apprehensions over the presidential election, which was a straight fight between the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The events leading to the ‘mother of all elections’ are for the records as the two gladiators travelled the entire country, asking Nigerians to give them a chance.
Indeed, the ruling APC knew that the fight would be a tough one as they feared because Atiku possessed enough financial muscle apart from being a candidate from the northern part of Nigeria, where President Buhari hails from.
The calculations of the PDP was that they lost the 2015 presidential election because they failed to yield to advice to counter Buhari with a northern candidate. Fast forward to 2019, it was a tough battle that set a new record in the political history of Nigeria as the campaigns were as interesting as they came.
However, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) went ahead to declare President Buhari as the winner of the election with over five million votes difference, the PDP is crying foul and has gone to challenge the result of the election in a court of competent jurisdiction.
There were rumours then that the leadership of the APC had convinced Alhaji Atiku, not to go to court, but that has been proved wrong with the filing of a court case by the PDP. It was, however, gathered that the APC is not leaving anything to chance and has been preparing its defence.
Sources close to the top hierarchy of the party revealed the plan of its leadership to continue to get across to the Atiku camp with a promise to improve on the nation’s electoral system in the coming years. PoliticsNGR was informed that the leadership of the APC was not actually admitting any manipulation, but that it just wanted the case to be stepped down so that “President Muhammadu Buhari could face the job of delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians within the next four years.”
It will be recalled that President Buhari told the National Assembly members elected under the platform of the party recently at a dinner and meeting he hosted that he would need their cooperation to give the people what they deserve within four years since he could not seek re-election in 2019.
He reportedly told them that he contested the Presidential Election five times, lost three times; 2003, 2007 and 2011, but won twice; 2015 and 2019.
We were informed that the task has not been easy and that the camp of Atiku is insisting that they have a good case and were sure of victory at last.
The Buhari camp disclosed that they were not actually afraid of defeat at the law court but that, efforts should be made to protect our democracy rather than exposing the inadequacy of the nation’s electoral system, adding that Rome was not built in a day.
Observers, however, stated that it was better for the Atiku to compromise with the APC as they were reminded that it is not an easy task for a court to remove an incumbent president unlike what happens to state governors, which they described as a ‘different ball game’.