News Investigators/ Former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections, Atiku Abubakar has urged the judiciary to uphold the rule for legitimate governance in Nigeria, saying the reputation of the country is at stake.
Mr. Abubakar who spoke at a press briefing in Abuja Thursday urged for speedy trial of the appeal judgement before the Supreme Court.
Speaking against the backdrop of President Bola Tinubu’s Chicago State University (CSU) diploma certificate he obtained ealier in the week, the PDP candidate said “it should not take months or, indeed, decades, for the institutions concerned to be able to do their work in establishing the credibility of any certificates presented by candidates for public office.
According to him, “the ground rules for legitimate governance in our country need to be upheld, and the reputation of our country is at stake. That affects everyone, Nigerians everywhere.
“I am a democrat by conviction and a citizen of a country that I love. The issues at stake in this case require us once more to re-dedicate ourselves to both the country and our constitution.
“Now, we entrust these facts to us all as citizens and as leaders of the institutions charged with interpreting our constitution. I should thank the lawyers both in Nigeria and in the United States, who have assisted us in bringing clarity and definitive answers to these issues that appear to have defied our institutions for nearly a quarter of a century. I also want to extend my gratitude to Nigerian citizens and friends of Nigeria both within and beyond the shores of our country for their patience as we have sought to find the facts and establish the truth.
Mr. Abubakar solicited support from the candidate of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Peter Obi in his fight against Mr. Tinubu.
“This quest is not for or about Atiku Abubakar. It is a quest for the enthronement of truth, morality, and accountability in our public affairs.
.”In line with this, therefore, I am calling on all well-meaning Nigerians, leaders of thought, our religious leaders, our traditional leaders, our community leaders, our political leaders, and in particular, Governor Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP and, the leaders of every political party in Nigeria, and, indeed, every single person who loves this country, as I do, and who wishes nothing but the best for the country, as I do, to join me in this campaign to enshrine probity, accountability and the basic principles of justice, morality and uprightness in our country and in our government. This is a task for each and every one of us,” he added.