Women under the aegis of Two Million Woman Rally for Democracy in Nigeria, on Friday, March 1, staged a street rally to urge the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to concede defeat.
The women are asking the PDP candidate to call and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the recently concluded presidential election.
The women started their march at the Unity Fountain down to Hilton Area before proceeding to the Force headquarters, Eagle Square.
The group convener, Mary Onuche, urged Atiku to save Nigeria from anarchy and embrace Buhari.
Onuche said: “Fortunately for Nigeria, our democracy, though still young, has continued to evolve in ways that reassure us that things can only get better. One such leap is the development in 2015 when the then President Goodluck Jonathan called to congratulate the then winner of the presidential election, incumbent President Buhari, even before the votes’ tally was completed.
“That singular act of patriotism is today hailed as the benchmark of the level of statesmanship befitting of candidates in our elections. May God bless President Goodluck Jonathan, the hero of our modern democracy.
“This has become a modern democratic culture in Nigeria for which former President Jonathan will continue to receive accolades. Had he acted contrary at that time, perhaps democratic growth in Nigeria might have been stunted or even truncated.
“But thankfully he set the benchmark, a standard that we today expect from anyone that takes part in the presidential election.
“We therefore call on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to emulate the statesmanship of President Jonathan and quit his on-going disruptive stance on the election.”