President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, explained why he went to court to challenge results of the presidential elections he lost in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
Buhari gave the explanation when Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) visited him in Abuja.
The retired general said he took the decision because he believed Nigeria must be free.
Said he, “Going through the court is not easy, both materially and physically, and I maintained that consistency because my view about my country is that Nigeria should be truly free.”
He condoled with the delegates over the killing of some people during the last general elections.
The president-elect added, “I understand why many of you, who were denied the opportunity to choose those you want to represent and lead you are taking the line I took in the last 12 years in line with our constitution.
“Whether you get it or not, the most important thing is that you believe in the system and you should continue to try until the system is perfect.
“I express my condolence to you for the people murdered and I assure you that my objective of remaining consistently in partisan politics is to make sure that Nigerians are given their inherent right to choose whoever they want to lead them.”
The president-elect said he would never support anybody who undermined that right of Nigerians.
He added that arming unemployed youths and sending them to kill their own people was the worst thing anybody, aspiring to leadership, could do.
The leader of the delegation and the APC governorship candidate in the state, Olorogun Otega Emerhor, alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) disenfranchised the people of the state and the South-South at both the presidential and governorship elections.
His words, “As our submission to the tribunal in respect of the governorship and state Assembly elections will demonstrate, in truth, majority of Deltans were ready for the change you represent and were geared to vote massively for you and APC.
“Unfortunately, a grand design executed by the PDP in the South -South and South-East and particularly Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, made sure that no proper elections took place.”
He alleged that result sheets were confiscated and results fabricated, alleging that PDP resorted to violence and intimidation.
Emerhor said, “Our election petition shows that while announced voter accreditation was over 1,017,796, the actual card reader accreditation report shows only 709,700.