People Democratic Party’s (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has finally signed the peace accord that was signed by all the Presidential candidates.
APC national publicity secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu in a statement stated that Atiku only signed the accord to save face.
The statement also claimed that Atiku, contrary to reports, was invited to the accord.
“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,” the statement read.
“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 APC also claimed that Atiku’s reasons for not signing the deal was so he and his thugs could cause trouble during the elections.
“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 statement read.
“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.”