The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged Atiku Abubakar to graciously accept his defeat and quietly lick his political wound with some dignity.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, in a statement on Thursday, described Atiku’s speech as beat of his tattered drum of shame.
He said “despite Atiku’s lies before the Illinois Court that he wanted to use the discoveries in pursuit of his appeal at the Supreme Court, he has rather chosen to use same as an instrument of mischief and blackmail in clear contempt of the highest court of the land.”
He further stated that Nigerians rejected Atiku at the polls, saying he could not get by subterfuge what he failed to get through the ballot box.
“Nigerians validly elected President Tinubu to revamp our economy, restore security, create jobs, provide transformative infrastructure, improve electricity supply and enhance the living conditions of the masses.
“President Tinubu has undertaken to serve Nigerians and he will not be distracted by a man who has consistently failed to achieve his self-serving and brutal quest to become Nigeria’s president.
“We believe Alhaji Atiku Abubakar should have known better than to demonstrate gross contempt of the highest court by making public comments on a matter that he has submitted to the court for adjudication.
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar holds the unenviable title of Nigeria’s most prolific election loser and longest running presidential candidate in history, and we see his recent US fishing expedition as the last kick of a roundly rejected presidential aspirant.
“While we sympathize with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for spending a lifetime pursuing unrealized dream, we strongly condemn the perfidious road he has taken and the needless negative exposure of Nigeria and the institution of the Presidency in foreign land.”
Reacting to Atiku’s call on him to join the fight against Tinubu, Obi said the Chicago’s case was Atiku’s alone, saying his own focus was on his appeal at the Supreme Court.
Obi, who spoke to newsmen yesterday through the the Head, Obi-Datti Media Office, Diran Onifade, said “All I can say is that we’re at Nigeria’s Supreme Court as separate entities. That’s where things are at the moment.
“CSU is Atiku’s case. We’re only at the Supreme Court on our own.”