Atiku Vs Buhari: So Far At The Election Tribunal, So Interesting

Atiku Vs Buhari: So Far At The Election Tribunal, So Interesting [MUST READ]

By Opinions | The Trent on August 15, 2019
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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the main challenger in the 2019 presidential elections (left) and Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent president (right)
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the main challenger in the 2019 presidential elections (left) and Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent president (right)

One of the most important events in the history of our nation is the on-going Presidential Election Petition Tribunal at the Appeal Court in Abuja. On the outcome of that globally-followed exercise revolves the continued existence of Nigeria as an entity.

Let me start by expressing gratitude to those following so far. Your very positive comments continued to spur me on to risk the journeys to and fro Abuja from my base, ignore the dangerous security situations in the country, particularly in the FCT lately in the face of religious riots and stray bullets, and bringing the reports live as proceedings evolved.

As a writer, I am an artist, who knows his pen is like an AK 47, that can kill or protect. I have long past juvenile cadre, quite matured enough to use my version of that AK 47 objectively in order not to mislead or cause undue chaos.

Truth is that the social media is full of junk that people could be led astray but I always put my byline(Tai Emeka Obasi) to authenticate my stories. It means I forever take responsibility of any report or opinion I dish out to my readers. And I stake my honour in assuring that I have not and will NEVER lead you astray by subverting truth.

I am a democrat and wouldn’t be subverting the wishes of the majority irrespective of whoever I supported and voted for. If truly HE Muhammadu Buhari had freely and fairly won the last election, I would have congratulated him and got deep into my business of surviving his next four years. But I had this strong belief that HE Atiku Abubakar and HE Peter Obi won the election. I hence decided to physically follow the Tribunal sessions to see for myself. And believe me, after what I witnessed so far, it became a certainty that the PDP candidates indeed did win.

The comments and shares accompanying my Presidential Election Petition Tribunal have been quite impressive and once more, I say kudos. But I have to add that reading, liking and commenting are no longer enough. You must add sharing henceforth if you haven’t been doing so.

If you didn’t know, be informed that the social media today is a very powerful constituency. Just recently, Pastor Biodun Fatokoyinbo stepped down because of allegations of rape made via social media. Senator Elias Abbo was forced into public apology barely 24 hours after slapping a woman because the social media went to work.

I tell you, it’s time the electorate of this country understood that the social media is their real power. We can all protect our votes henceforth via this medium. No need taking risks of stray bullets by going demonstrating on the streets. Just a N50 worth of data, sometimes less, will be enough to read an important message and share on your wall/timeline, share to all Facebook and Whatsapp groups you belong, particularly those that welcome political posts.

You have to particularly share the Tribunal reports because Nigeria is at crossroads. Never before has our dear country reached this level of complete mistrust and tribal hatred.

The eloquent Kenyan speaker, Prof Patrick L.O. Lumumba taught me that people get to the dinner table for three reasons – 1. To eat the food served as diners, 2. To serve the food as waiters 3. To be eaten as the food served.

In our dear country, the masses that form the huge majority of the electorate that deliver the votes have perpetually been the food eaten for too long. Today, the social media has provided you with the window to make a difference. Don’t ignore the impact. One message shared by just you can get to one million others. And forever, politics is a game of numbers.

The Tribunal sessions have revealed that President Buhari, INEC and APC can’t effectively defend the result of the last February 23 Presidential election that returned him as president. The world is watching and reading. They are particularly watching AIT, who are giving the most accurate reports of the proceedings so far. They are reading some reports in the newspapers. Help make more people all over the world read what is happening in our electoral process by sharing.

Many people, including large number of those that voted for Atiku and Obi, sadly do not believe that the duo can regain their mandate. I do not blame them for harbouring this kind of thought, even though defeatist. Nigeria is in a sorry state while our INEC is proving a sordid institution.

But believe me once more, Atiku and PDP presented a petition that will be impossible to dismiss on all grounds. Events so far at the Tribunal have more than proved that. I say it one more time, this is the mother of all election petitions.

Buhari has overthrown a democratically elected government before via a coup d’etat in 1983. If he succeeds in getting this petition dismissed, it must have been his second coup d’etat… this time overthrowing democracy.

In 1983, you and I were all helpless. But this time around, we have our phones and the comfort of the social media. Don’t wait any longer. Share to save this country. Share for your future or those of your children.

Even if you want Biafra, Oduduwa or Ijaw nation, you can’t get it under Buhari without trails of bloodshed. You need a conducive democracy to negotiate our continued existence as a nation on a round-table dialogue without unnecessary loss of lives.

This is no longer about Atiku Vs Buhari… it’s Nigeria Vs Nigeria. One is a hopeless, insecure and hatred-filled entity. The other is a new dawn of positive hope for greatness. Make your choice wisely. Use your phones and continue sharing.

President Donald Trump became the president of the most powerful nation on earth because of social media. He is reading and following events in Nigeria closely. The recent visa ban of those that rigged past elections in Nigeria by the United States is a strong statement that the Atiku Vs Buhari case is no longer just for INEC to declare and the judges rubber-stamp. It is now much more than that.

Everything good requires sacrifice. Don’t read an accurate report or opinion on the Tribunal without sharing henceforth. For those skeptical about any good coming from the Tribunal and Supreme Court judges, I urge you to contribute your quota first. Don’t sit idle and expect positive change.

Offer your own sacrifice. Add your voice. Do something you should be proud to tell your children years from now that you offered when your country was in real danger of a second war and total disintegration.

From tomorrow till next case date on August 21, I will be bringing you recaps of the Tribunal. Keep a date as…

#HistoryBeckons.

Tai Emeka Obasi is a trained engineer turned movie scriptwriter. He is a political and sports analyst. He is the author of The Senator. Connect with him on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. 

50 COMMENTS

  1. WITH GOD’S HELP ATIKU AND OBI WILL COME OUT VICTORIOUS, NIGERIANS HAVE SPOKEN NO AMOUNT OF CONSPIRACY CAN WORK AGAINST IT, THE PROCESSIDING AT THE TRIBUNAL GIVES EVERY LOVERS OF PEACE HOPE. IF THE JUDGE DO THE NEEDFUL AND WE HOPE THEY WILL BE, JUSTICE DELAYED IS NOT JUSTICE DENIED,GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  2. the world is watching, i say to the judges handling the case to be fair and upright for they are about to make history, and they will forever be remembered, like the awolowo’s and the Zik’s of this great nation. we are saw it just like June 12 . God bless the writer, and God bless this great country called Nigeria

  3. It is as clear as crystal that Atiku/ Obi won the election. Evidence posited by PDP are glaring. I am hopeful that justice will be done to it. I am not equally ignorant that APC controls all the paraphernalia of governance now. With the legislature, judiciary and executive under the whims and caprices of the APC government, anything can happen. However, when God says YES no one can say NO. The world is watching.

  4. God bless you Sir, believe me some people will think that you don’t know what your doing, maturity of us believe your information.

  5. Point of correction Mr writer. Patrice Lumumba is not from Kenya but from the old Congo, unless there is another Patrice Lumumba from Kenya.
    All we want in Nigeria Justice. if Buhari won the election, fine let him stay there but if Is Atiku Abubakar, the judges should do the needful, give the man the mandate Nigerians gave to him. That is Justice. God bless Nigeria.

  6. Comment:
    I truly savour your very sincere and down to earth
    franktalk with the power that be , until now I had thought that only a very neglegible portion of priviledged ones and diehard aficionados of truth like Soyinka and Fani Kayode could call a spade its real name without euphemism, but you have soothed my soul ,there is hope that when today,s Obasanjo,Soyinka,Femi Fani Kayode,have served their generation and gone to received welldeserved rewards from God ,Nigeria can still continue to hope with valliant men like you,please keep it up,I do know that except PMB has forgotten something very important inAso Rock,he should know he has overstayed his welcome there and begin to bid the villa farewell NOW, verbum sapieti satis est

  7. This is so sickening in this country. So a supposed professional will pick his pen just to write rubbish and deceive people. Is election result or tribunal outcome based on the “…strong belief” you had. You said what you witnessed, what did you witness? That’s what you should tell Nigerians.

  8. Just wait for out come of presidential petition tribunal final statement than making personal and individual comments.

  9. Emeka Obasi is a known Atiku – man. Just like AIT is known as PDP megaphone How can he now claim to be a neutral commentator. Let him tell that to the marines.

  10. Truth needs no unanimousity. it independent. it’s authority and must be spoken. love bru. We are watching and the world is waiting.

  11. Quite interesting, I wish that Nigerians will conquer the fear and effectively use the social media to regain this stolen mandate

  12. The presidential petitions is a war between Nigerians and the presidency…. Govt in power. I pray the judiciary will not subvert the will of the people into chaos and hopelessness. I agreed with you, it’s not about atiku /obi victory but the victory of our dear nation in the hands of the blood sucking demons whose lives of the citizens worthless than their animals. May God help us…. Amen

  13. thank you sir
    For the good job you are doing by updating us with informations at our disposal with the tribunal proceedings, am so privileged to be well informed by you. God bless the good works

  14. My name is Tai Emeka Obasi and I wrote that article. You wrongly gave the credit to Emeka Obasi. Please revert asap.

  15. Tnk u Emeka for that piece,very good for the ear i must say.Truth is always bitter but it must be told bcos my bible says it the truth that can set one free.Nigeria must be rescued in the end.God that rescued Nigeria before is not tired i trust He will not abandon us.God blss Nigeria .

  16. Can truth still have it’s way in Nigeria where SELF CENTERED, SELFISH and HEARTLESS people rule the Country called Nigeria. Unless God takes over

  17. The truth must prevail with time. Where there is truth no place for darkness. Judges remember the true judge is watching. Heaven at last. “Komi Nisan Jefi a kasa zata sauko.”

  18. yes Atiku Abubakar won no doubt about that.Apc already new and planned how to rig and frustrate court case against Atiku.Read the hand writing on the wall and body language of GMB.

  19. The world is watching,waiting for the outcome of the election tribunal, the truth must prevail, just only by the will of the almighty God.

  20. I couldn’t believe that some people are still so daft that Buhari won the last election. Even if he did Of what value is his leadership. Some months after forcing himself to power through the the so called INEC fraudsters, what has been his benefits to the masses. His tribal men keep killing people like fowl. The economy keeps nose diving daily. Unemployment rising beyond comprehension. What else. Only the the benefactors of this government could be blind to our predicaments as a nation.

  21. from the beginning ,buhari did not even qualified to contest the election. from day one he started with lies about his school certificate up to the election result in conjunction with his paddy paddy INEC officials. but God is not sleeping. that is why we are in this mess.

  22. Dear Editor,

    Please be informed that the original author of this article is Tai Emeka Obasi; a Nollywood Scriptwriter, Author (of The Senator), and Sport Analyst.

    Tai Emeka Obasi is never the same as Emeka Obasi that you credited this article to. Kindly revert the name within 24 hours.

    Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

    Chukwudinma Aaron-Okonkwo,
    Nigeria.

  23. Dear Editor,

    Please be informed that the original author of this article is Tai Emeka Obasi; a Nollywood Scriptwriter, Author (of The Senator), and Sport Analyst.

    Tai Emeka Obasi is never the same as Emeka Obasi that you credited this article to. Kindly revert the name within 24 hours.

    Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

    Chukwudinma Aaron-Okonkwo,
    Nigeria.

  24. more grace, we shall know the truth and truth shall set us free, if you saying the truth God must see you true, remain blessed.

  25. Thanks so so much for the updatings and I sincerely salute your courageous and selfless services in downloading all proceedings to our listening ears,thanks brotherly,well,as a matter of facts,its high time we call a spade a spade,its not a matter of adjourning the case further,they should just declear the winner to save us from further disarray. the masses want to feel the vibe of a good governance they truly and judiciously voted for ,whoever the winner is should be declared on time so we can move forward once again.thanks

  26. it is a glad thing that one can view his or her thought without fear,that is democracy. it is my prayer that who so ever that win in the election should be given it’s mandate.

  27. If your anointed candidate truly won the election as you claimed. Why didn’t you allow the judges to do their job, instead of resorting to blackmailing.

  28. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THE SITUATION WE FOUND OUR SELF IN THIS COUNTY, WHERE THE WRONG PEOPLE IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE & THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE WRONG PLACE, IN THIS SITUATION OUR VOTES NO LONGER COUNTS, THE INEC WE TRUSTED WITH OUR MANDATE ( NOW ) TURN AGAINST US BY REFUSEING TO GIVE OUR MANDATE TO ATIKU WHO NIGERIANS VOTED FOR, THIS 2019 GENERAL ELECTION TO BE OUR PRESIDENT, THEY IS A SAYING IN IGBO LAND, THAT WHEN U RISE UR HANDUP HOLDING WHAT BELONG TO A CHILD HE OR SHE WILL WAIT, WHEN U RE TIED, U WILL BRING UR HAND DAWN & THE CHILD WILL TAKE IT BACK WHEN PMB & INEC RE TIED OF THEY MARADONA DRIBBLES, ATIKU WILL TAKE BACK THE MANDATE THE NIGERIANS VE GIVEN IN JESUS NAME NIGERIANS PRAYED,,AMEN & AMEN.

  29. bros, what do you want me to share now in the social media, you’ve not given us any information about the tribunal thing. this your post de make me sick. nevertheless, Atiku must take back his stolen mandate IJN.

  30. Thank you for your down to earth, logical and truthful analysis of the tribunal sessions. We are also following upon the proceedings and kneeling down in prayers that God should clean our tears, forgive our short comings and raise for us a David as of old to rescue us. Amen

  31. Thanks bro keep the flag flying, our God must return our stolen mandate to us (Nigerians) iJn… amen! just believe me, He is still God.

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