The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday described the eventual signing of the National Peace Accord Agreement by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as a mere face saving move.
The party said that the absence of the former vice president at the event organized by the National Peace Committee led by former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, was a confirmation of the plan by the PDP to “deploy all means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude” to manipulate the 2019 election.”
The position of the APC was stated in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu.
According to the party, the excuse that Atiku did not receive the invitation for the event was “hogwash.”
The statement reads in part: “It is obvious that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar, tried to avoid signing the national peace accord ahead of the country’s 2019 general election.
“To all discerning Nigerians, the PDP and Atiku’s dubious claim of a “communication lapse” as reason for their no-show at Tuesday’s formal signing ceremony is hogwash, as the peace committee duly and formally invited the PDP and Atiku like other candidates and political parties contesting the 2019 Elections.
“Atiku’s eventual decision to sign the peace deal is clearly a face-saving move following widespread condemnation that greeted his initial refusal to agree to the peace deal. We, however, must not lose sight of the dangerous and ominous signs the PDP and Atiku have inadvertently shown Nigerians in the lead up to the elections.”
The statement reads further: “Again, this brings to the fore, PDP’s open declaration in August this year that the Party will deploy all means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude” to manipulate the 2019 election.
“The APC reiterates that security and other relevant agencies must be on high alert to check this dangerous threat posed by the PDP’s planned actions for the general elections.
“In 2019 and beyond, the votes of the electorate must count and the will of the electorate must prevail. We must stand against and resist plans by retrogressive elements who are now nested in the PDP and their agents to disrupt elections through violence and other undemocratic practices.”