President Muhammadu Buhari says he will relinquish power if the Election Tribunal declares Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, as the winner of the 2019 Presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Buhari who participated in the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, winner of the February 23 Presidential election.
The commission had said figures from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) gave Buhari 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.
Challenging the results at the election tribunal in his 139-page petition, Abubakar said the results from INEC server showed he polled 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari who had 16,741,430 votes.
Reacting to the development on Monday, President Buhari said he will hand over to the PDP candidate if the court declares him the winner of the election.
Naija News reports that the President spoke in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, where he also warned Nigerian comedians to stop making jokes with him.
“My government is trying all it takes to tackle insecurity which I see as the only challenge Nigeria is facing at the moment,” President Buhari vowed.
The President also gave Nigerians full assurance to end the country’s problems in his four years.
Meanwhile, the 2019 Presidential Election Petition Tribunal is headed by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa who is alleged to have been indicted by Department of State Services (DSS).[?]