Atiku Abubakar Challenges Supreme Court Decision, Urges Renewed Electoral Integrity

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar responds to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the 2023 elections, expressing worry over its potential to undermine trust in the electoral system. His critique of the judgment, suggesting it condones criminal behavior, aligns with his push for electoral law amendments to prevent technicalities in court decisions. Atiku emphasizes the need for younger Nigerian leaders to spearhead the struggle for electoral integrity and advocates for a single-term presidency, a measure he believes will aid in resolving electoral disputes before officials take office.

Atiku Abubakar's Response to Supreme Court Verdict and Calls for Electoral Reform.

Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president and 2023 presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), personally addressed the recent Supreme Court verdict on the election, expressing grave concerns about its potential long-term implications for the electoral system's trustworthiness. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Atiku conveyed his determination not to fade into obscurity, emphasizing, "I am not going to go away if you think I am going to go away, forget about it."

In his first public reaction to the apex court's ruling, Atiku lamented what he perceived as the endorsement of criminal behavior and the rewarding of wrongdoing. He criticized the judgement for seemingly approving illegality, forgery, identity theft, and perjury. Despite his resolve to continue championing democratic principles, he stressed that the forefront of this battle should now be led by the younger generation of Nigerians, who have more at stake in shaping the nation's future.

Atiku appealed to the National Assembly for electoral law amendments aimed at preventing courts from relying on technicalities, instituting a single six-year term for political office-holders, and ensuring the resolution of all electoral disputes before the swearing-in of elected officials. His plea underscores the urgent need for structural changes to fortify the integrity of the electoral process.

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