President President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election has faced another challenge as a top leader of a socio-cultural group in Nigeria is doubting it.
Recall that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are already challenging the victory of President Buhari in court.
The PDP had claimed that President Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC is not the actual winner of the election.
The matter is still pending as the court is yet to issue judgment.
However, another twist emerged on the issue of Buhari’s victory at the poll which has been causing controversy.
Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, says he would not recognise President Buhari’s victory in the February 2019 Presidential Election until the Supreme court says so, Information Nigeria reports.
This follows a call by the National Democratic Front (NDF) that he be arrested for treason – Adebanjo says even if he gets arrested that would change his stand — Wherein he described the 2019 presidential election ‘as a joke’.
Adebanjo says he wouldn’t be shocked if he actually got arrested, as Buhari’s government was known for its inability to stand opposition.
“I maintain my stand that until the Supreme Court rules that he is validly elected, I will not recognise him. We have evidence that the election was rigged, let the court decide otherwise. That is all I am saying.
“The constitution provides that if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the election, go to the tribunal and don’t resort to violence. It is only when the court decides that he won, that is when I will recognise him.
“If to them, that is an offence, then I am ready to go to prison. By my pronouncement, I have not said anything illegal or unconstitutional.
“Right now, Buhari is the president declared by INEC, and not the person that won the election, and the constitution says if you are not satisfied by that declaration, go to the tribunal. I will only recognise him if the court rules that he is the rightful winner. That is my position and if it is an offence to follow what the constitution says, then I am ready to go to prison,” he said.
President Buhari and his party are yet to respond to this latest claim made by Adebanjo.
Also, the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has not ruled on the case Atiku and the PDP filed against President Buhari and the APC.
The matter is likely to linger up to the Supreme Court where a final decision will be made.