However, Atiku has rejected the result and headed for the election tribunal to reclaim his “mandate.”
In a statement to his teeming supporters on Sunday, Atiku urged them not to lose hope as he is closer to winning at the tribunal.
“Like never before in the history of the presidential election petition in Nigeria, the plethora, overwhelming, watertight and barefaced [pieces of] evidence at the disposal of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the PDP has put us on a track to glory,” he said.
According to him, “It is just the belief and confidence you had that made many of you travel far and wide, even twice for some, risking everything to cast your votes for his Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar/Peter Obi.
“Some of you may have never voted before, but because you believed in #TheAtikuPlan and you wanted a new Nigeria to be birth by Wazirin Adamawa and Peter Obi, you chose to endure all the stress, including those of collecting PVC and joining the queue to cast your vote under the scorching sun.
“It is a public knowledge that some of you had to even paid money to collect your PVCs in some places like Lagos among others, a very sad and embarrassing situation,” he said.
This is as he expressed hopes that “our dream of a #BetterNigeria may seem to have been dashed by the cowardice behaviour of the chairman of INEC, caving into the desperation of the APC to cling to power at all costs.
“But I want to tell everyone of us that the good news is there’s light at the end of tunnel. The vision to Atikulate a new Nigeria is alive.
“Be optimistic as you have always been because the JOURNEY to reclaiming the stolen mandate to create #BetterJobs for the millions of unemployed youth of this country, provide #BetterLife and #GetNigeriaWorkingAgain WILL SURELY BE FRUITFUL because TRUTH is on our side.
“Whatever is the case, we insist and call on the judiciary, the last hope of the common man to remain resolute and dispense justice to the Nigerian people without fear or favor. Nigeria is bigger than anybody and will outlive all of us.
“Ladies and gentlemen of the Atikulated family, keep the faith.”