By G9ija

The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 Election, Atiku Abubakar has declared that contrary to the claims of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC that he, Atiku was the winner of the presidential election.

Atiku said this in an address to outgoing and incoming Governors Elected on the PDP platform, at a reception and award ceremony organised by the PDP Governors Forum, in Abuja, on Thursday.

He admonished Party faithful to keep faith and remain focused on the task ahead which according to him is the recovery of the party’s stolen mandate.

At the event which was held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Atiku equally advised party members to take stock and unravel the mystery behind how the PDP slipped from being the oldest and dominant political party in 1999 to its present unenviable position.

Atiku said: “Next time, this kind of event can be organized earlier in the day to allow us more time so that all the issues, and challenges, facing the party can be discussed.”

Before Atiku declared that he was the winner of the 2023 presidential election, the Chairman of the PDP GF who is also the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwual earlier went down memory lane to recount how the forum began and what it has become.

He expressed confidence that he was leaving behind a United and cohesive body that has become a powerful voice which cannot be ignored in the nation’s body polity.

It is with pleasure that I warmly welcome you all to this important event, the first of its kind since the PDP Governors’ Forum was inaugurated in 2014. The Forum has existed informally, but on 12th October 2021, we formally registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a separate entity. Over the years the PDP Governors’ Forum has grown into an alternative voice in governance in the country. A voice that can no longer be ignored.

Tambuwual told the new and returning governors, “On behalf of my colleague Governors in the Forum, I welcome all of them to this event and into the Forum.

“You are the shinning armours of the party going forward. We are happy to bequeath to you, a Forum that is strong, cohesive and vocal in the defence of democracy and good governance in the country.

“ With the calibre of Governors’ elect I see here today, I can say confidently that our Forum is going to be in good hands.

Atiku’s assertion that he was the winner of the 2023 presidential election was contradicted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC whose chairman, Prof Mahmod Yakubu in the wee hours of Wednesday, March 1, 2023 declared the APC’s Bola Tinubu as the winner.

The INEC declaration of Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 poll is now the subject of contention both in the public space and at the Presidential Election Tribunal.