By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Anambra State Publicity Secretary of the Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Council, Barr Okoli Akirika, has explained that the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the February 23 poll, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, owes Nigerians and posterity the duty of challenging the election to set the records straight.
For questioning the 2019 election result in court, Akirika said Atiku had taken the best decision as failure to do so might entrench in Nigeria’s electoral process what he called a culture of mindless rigging and election result falsification.
Speaking to journalists in Awka last Sunday, Akirika said, ‘Atiku and PDP owe posterity a historic duty to make sure the result of the election is questioned, if not for any other thing, for keeping the records straight and for checkmating impunity in accordance with due process.
‘The issue of allowing a sleeping dog to lie does not arise in the circumstance. What is playing out today is happening because former President Goodluck Jonathan did not challenge the 2015 election.
‘If Jonathan had challenged that election, I entertain no modicum of doubt that the Independent National Election Commission could not have displayed the kind of obnoxious rascality it exhibited in the 2019 elections.’
He said posterity would not have forgiven Atiku and the PDP if they had listened to some people who had advised them not to go to court after the election.
‘The impunity perpetrated in the February presidential election was because former President Goodluck Jonathan did not challenge the outcome of the 2015 Presidential Election in court.
‘If Jonathan had challenged the poll, the Independent National Electoral Commission would have taken some measures that would minimize the irregularities and impunities that characterized the 2019 general elections,’ Akirika said.
‘So Atiku and PDP owe the present generation of Nigerians and posterity a duty to checkmate this impunity because if they don’t do that, in future elections some people will boldly generate figures of election and Nigerians will keep advising that the sleep dog should be allowed to lie.
‘For how long shall this dog be allowed to sleep if doing so is causing dissatisfaction if it’s getting to the essence where societal expectations are being jeopardized? That dog can’t be allowed to sleep,’ Akirika stated.