The Presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party, Alh Atiku Abubakar, has expressed optimism that he and his party will emerge victorious in the 2019 presidential elections.
Atiku also took the opportunity to appreciate supporters for trooping out in large numbers to vote for him.
The former vice president maintained that feelers getting to him and his party on the election conducted on Saturday by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), a PDP victory is assured.
Atiku in a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Assistant On Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, said “I would like to sincerely thank the millions of people who, despite having to bear the additional burden of a postponed election, came out yesterday to vote for me and the other PDP candidates standing in this election.”
“With strong shares of the vote in South-South, South-East as well as an increased share in South-West and North-Central, are very pleased with the progress the PDP has made. We look forward to sharing some exciting news in other parts of the country very soon, which will confound all the armchair pundits.”
He however warned Nigerians to protect their votes and be vigilant until the final results are declared by INEC.
He said, “I am familiar with how brazen and the complete lack of shame the APC can exhibit, but even I was shocked to witness just how low they went last night by accusing the PDP of ‘recruiting armed thugs’ to do just that. Why would we want to do that when we are winning?”
“Furthermore I would like to say how proud I was of the PDP supporters who conducted themselves so peacefully despite the significant provocations and threats of violence, removal and burning of ballot boxes and the likes.”
Atiku also reminded President Buhari of his promise to conduct a free and fair election.
“General Buhari you have promised our people and the world that you would conduct ‘free, fair and credible elections’ so please call off the wilder elements within your party and deliver on your promise.”