Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Timi Frank, has said no man except God can retire the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, from politics.
He said this in reaction to the statement by the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, that he would retire Atiku to Kombina to rear goats and broilers.
Frank alleged in a statement he issued on Friday that the President Election Petition Tribunal verdict, which Shettima was gloating over, had been predetermined and compromised, a development he claimed, led to graveyard silence by Nigerians, even when APC was declared the winner.
He said there was a preponderance of hard facts and evidence adduced before them that showed that Tinubu never won the last Presidential election.
He described Shettima’s statement after the Tribunal Verdict as unstatemanly, adding that Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party remain the heroes of democracy in Nigeria.
Frank stressed that Atiku and Obi have fought for a free, fair, and transparent democratic system, notwithstanding whether they got justice at the Tribunal or not.
He said, “Shettima should know that one with God, as they say, is majority.
“Atiku has the majority, and this is why Nigerians did not jubilate nor celebrate the pyrrhic affirmation through the judicial coup orchestrated by the PEPC affirming Tinubu as the winner of the presidential election.”
He likened Wednesday’s judgement to a ‘coup’ against Nigerians which doesn’t deserve celebration, adding that, “Shettima and his gang may celebrate a stolen mandate against the will and wishes of majority of Nigerians now, but a time will come when they will feel the impact of what transpired when the judiciary brazenly decided to jettison substance, facts and evidence.”