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.