2023: Economist Intelligence Unit report an embarrassment – Atiku

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2023 presidential candidate, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has described the Economist Intelligence Unit report on the election as an embarrassment.

Waziri Adamawa said he has taken a careful study of the report and observed that “it is a merchant purchased by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to confuse the country in an uphill task to defend the sham election of February 25, which only retained the ruling party in office.”

Atiku in a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, Sunday said “Notwithstanding the preponderance of salient issues raised on the credibility of the so-called election by local and foreign observers, it is disappointing that the EIU would condescend to ballot laundering for the ruling party in the most populous black country.

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The statement further read: “While we wish to express our intention to apply cautious restraint in responding to the EIU on this disgraceful outing, let this be considered as a stern warning to the body to respect Nigeria’s democracy and the institution of our judiciary, and that next time, they should be more circumspect before they jump on any trade by barter jaundiced reports about Nigeria.

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“However, to the APC that is going cap in hand begging for legitimacy at all impossible places, we wish to remind them of a popular local proverb that: “he who steals a drum from the palace carries the unenviable burden of where to beat it.

“A government that goes around to buy anything at sight to award legitimacy unto itself leaves much to the imagination of the people.

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“President Tinubu and his team of lawyers had all the opportunity at the court to present his case of legitimacy before the parties closed their cases at the election petition tribunal. But rather than explore that opportunity, his lawyers were busy signing counter motions on subpoenas that seek to shed more light on his personal information.”

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