The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku thanked Nigerians who voted in the just concluded presidential and National Assembly elections .
Atiku said he refused to call Buhari because it was clear that there were manifest and planned malpractices in many states.
Expressing his disapproval, Atiku said he has never seen democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, the election day.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has rejected the result of the election won by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It was reported that Atiku, who had kept mute since Monday, when the results showed that he was going to be the loser, described the election as a sham.
The former vice president said if he had lost in a free and fair election, he would have called the victor within seconds of being aware of his victory to offer not just his congratulations but his services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the north and the south.
In a statement he made on facebook he said, “In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect.
This is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.
“I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world.
Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations.
“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was in this election.
Atiku said: “Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court. “I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.
“I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.