Dr. Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has said that the victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the just concluded general elections would be short-lived.
Saraki stated this on Wednesday at the 85th Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja.
According to Saraki, the outcome of the February 23 Presidential election and the March 9 Governorship election was a loss to the entire country and not just to the PDP.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC got 15,191,847 votes to defeat Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, who got 11,262,978 votes.
Saraki who also lost his seat in the general election noted that the conduct of the election including the role of the military during the exercise has made the country a laughing stock in the international community.
“This victory that the other party has seen is going to be short lived. If anybody believes that it is a loss to PDP, it is a loss to the country that history will not forgive.”
“We said it many times here, that the worst to do is to do an election that as a country Nigeria will not be proud of.
“We have done an election that no doubt anybody and even those that think they have won are ashamed of the kind of election that we did.
“I think it is a shame to the country and to those that were given that responsibility to do. They have Saturday as their last opportunity to try as much as possible to reclaim part of their embarrassment to the country.
“How can a country like Nigeria, as the speaker said, Ghana has done it, even Congo, even Zimbabwe have done elections. And we say we do elections, with seven inconclusive. We did elections before, in 2015, we did it in 2011, 1999 and after so many years, this is what we can produce.
“It is not a loss to the PDP, it is to the country. It just shows the level of desperation. I have confidence that this will be shortlived and as such let us ensure on Saturday, that these five states that are ours remain within the PDP and INEC should for once do what is right.
“We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive,” Saraki said.