Mustapha
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha

The Federal Government says President Muhammadu Buhari is not worried about the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar’s plans to challenge the result of Saturday’s presidential election.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made this known in a statement released on Thursday.

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Mustapha, who is also from Adamawa state like Atiku, said there was nothing to worry about, adding that the election was credible, open and transparent.

The statement read: “We are not jittery at all because the process was open and transparent. It was a credible election and we will continue to savour in the victory but in the process too, we will extend the hand of friendship for the purpose of nation-building and reconciliation.

“Our electoral Act and the constitution have both provided a window for whoever is dissatisfied with the process of election to seek redress. That is the path and we will encourage them to go along that path.”

He added that “Looking into the future of the country, the President is very clear about what he wants to do.

“He will stand on the three pivot points that he pushed forward in 2015; securing the nation, diversifying the economy and also fighting corruption with all intensity.

“There will be inclusiveness all over the place. This is one government that has really invested in social infrastructure by bringing people who are below the poverty level up and out of poverty.

“There are so many things that we are looking forward to and I am very thrilled and grateful that we had this opportunity to now consolidate on the tenets and gains of our democracy.”

Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had 11,262,978 votes.

However, Atiku on Wednesday rejected the outcome of the election, condemning the election process which he said was “heavily militarised” and results manipulated.