Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, has appealed to the opposition parties in the country to come together and challenged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking when he hosted the National Executive Committee of the Inter-Party Advisory Council Nigeria (IPAC) in his House, Atiku warned against the likelihood of Nigeria slipping to a one-party state and asked the opposition to close ranks.
The former Vice President said the project of protecting democracy in the country was not about just one man and told the IPAC members that “You have come here today to say that we should cooperate in order to promote democracy.
“But the truth of the matter is that our democracy is fast becoming a one-party system; and, of course, you know that when we have a one party system, we should just forget about democracy.”
Atiku tasked the leadership of IPAC, led by its national president, Yabagi Sani, on the need for the opposition political parties to come together and create a more formidable front that would salvage Nigeria’s democracy from sliding into a one-party state.
He said: “We have all seen how the APC is increasingly turning Nigeria into a dictatorship of one party. If we don’t come together to challenge what the ruling party is trying to create, our democracy will suffer for it, and the consequences of it will affect the generations yet unborn”.
He further chided the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting the “worst ever general election in the country.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission conducted the worst general election in the country.
“Recently again in the off-season election in three states, INEC doubled down on its disregard for the tenets of our democracy.
“We all can see how INEC declared a result in Kogi State where the total number of votes cast was higher than the total number of accredited voters in one local government.”
Atiku insisted that, “until our elections pass the test of transparency through electronic voting, it will be difficult for INEC to regain its credibility, and our democracy will be the first casualty of such a situation.”