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Buhari’s victory has to be upheld by the supreme court before I’ll recognise it – Ayo Adebanjo

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Buhari's victory has to be upheld by the supreme court before I recognise it - Ayo Adebanjo

Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, says he would not recognise President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 2019 Presidential Election until the Supreme court says so.

This follows a call by the National Democratic Front (NDF) that he be arrested for treason – Adebanjo says even if he gets arrested that would change his stand — Wherein he described the 2019 presidential election ‘as a joke’.

Adebanjo says he wouldn’t be shocked if he actually got arrested, as Buhari’s government was known for iys inability to stand opposition.

“I maintain my stand that until the Supreme Court rules that he is validly elected, I will not recognise him.

“We have evidence that the election was rigged, let the court decide otherwise. That is all I am saying.

“The constitution provides that if you are not satisfied with the outcome of the election, go to the tribunal and don’t resort to violence.

“It is only when the court decides that he won, that is when I will recognise him.

“If to them, that is an offence, then I am ready to go to prison. By my pronouncement, I have not said anything illegal or unconstitutional.

“Right now, Buhari is the president declared by INEC, and not the person that won the election, and the constitution says if you are not satisfied by that declaration, go to the tribunal.

“I will only recognise him if the court rules that he is the rightful winner. That is my position and if it is an offence to follow what the constitution says, then I am ready to go to prison,” he said.

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