By Teslim Olawore
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last election has been urged to accept defeat and send congratulatory message to his opponent, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
We will recall that that the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Buhari of the APC as the winner of the election after he won with the largest number of votes.
However, Atiku has threatened to go to court on the ground that the election was not free and fair.
Nigerian women, under the aegis of Two Million Woman Rally for Democracy in Nigeria, Peace and Stability, gave this charge during a rally on Friday.
The well-attended rally kick-off their match at the Unity Fountain down to Hilton Area before proceeding to the Force headquarters, Eagle Square and back to Unity Fountain.
They called on Atiku to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan and congratulate President Buhari on his victory.
Speaking during the rally, the convener, Mary Onuche, called on Atiku to save Nigeria from anarchy and embrace his brother.
Onuche said, ‘’With this configuration in mind, the foremost opposition candidate in the election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) not to shy away from playing this role. This requires that he is seen, abinitio, as putting the interest of Nigeria first, a requirement that has been made even more important by unscrupulous persons waiting in the wings to exploit any contentions over the polls to their own dark advantage’’
She also praised the patriotism showed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, when the then president called to congratulate the then winner of the presidential election, President Buhari, even before the votes tally was completed. She said that singular act of patriotism is today hailed as the benchmark of the level of statesmanship befitting of candidates in our elections.
Onuche equally urged President Buhari not to betray the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians.