Atiku meets southern, M’Belt leaders, says justice’ll be done

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar , on Wednesday met behind closed doors with leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum in Abuja .

The meeting , which was held at the residence of a former Federal Commissioner for Information , Chief Edwin Clark, also had the leaders of Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo in attendance .

The leaders included Pa Ayo Adebanjo , Yinka Odumakin, Chief Femi Okurounmu and Chief John Nwodo .
Atiku said the purpose of the visit was to solicit the forum’ s support for his efforts to reclaim his stolen mandate .

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress , President Muhammadu Buhari , as the winner of the February 23 presidential election .

But Atiku, who rejected the results as announced , had filed a petition at a tribunal, seeking his declaration as the winner

The former vice- president thanked members of the forum for their support before , during and after the elections.

He said he visited in order to inform them that he had filed a petition to reclaim his stolen mandate .

He said , “ We believe this is a mandate that has been stolen from Nigerians. We believe justice will be done . We still have confidence in our courts of law.

“ The most important thing is that we have been able to galvanise the people of this country to think alike and act alike in unity. ”

Atiku assured them that if he was able to reclaim his mandate at the tribunal , he would embark on restructuring so that every region could have a sense of belonging .

“ We have also come to realise and accept that the basis of our unity and coexistence lies fundamentally in restructuring this country so that every part of this country can have a sense of belonging and also have the opportunity to exploit their human and material resources for the development of the citizens.

“ I believe this is a struggle we must continue together until we achieve it . I believe it is achievable.

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