`I Am Not Going Away`, Atiku Says After S`Court Verdict On Tinubu

Atiku, a former Vice President between 1999 and 2007, have tried to become Nigeria`s President for about three decades.  

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25, 2023 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, says he will not leave the political arena despite the Supreme Court verdict of October 26, 2023 that affirmed the electoral victory of President Bola Tinubu.

 “As for me and my party, this phase of work is done. However, I am not going to go away, if you think I am going to go away, forget about it,” the former Vice President said at a press briefing on Monday in the nation`s capital, Abuja. 

“For as long as I breathe, I will continue to struggle with other Nigerians to deepen our democracy.

 "I will continue to work to achieve the political and economic restructuring that our country needs," he added. 

Atiku, a former vice president from 1999 to 2007, has been aspiring to become Nigeria's president for nearly 30 years. Despite his failed attempts, PDP supporters said he has no intention of "leaving". 

Mr. Atiku maintained that Mr. Tinubu, who was the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate at the time, was not eligible to contest the February 2023 presidential election. 

He accused the Supreme Court and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of supporting illegal activities, identity theft, identity theft, forgery and perjury. Atiku said when people lose confidence in the electoral process, democracy is on life support. He said though the apex court`s judgment was final, it leaves much to be desired.

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