The All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP), Atiku Abubakar tried to keep away from signing the nationwide peace accord forward of the 2019 elections as a result of he was petrified of defeat.
APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated in an announcement famous that PDP and Atiku’s declare of a “communication lapse” as motive for his or her no-show at Tuesday’s formal signing ceremony is hogwash.
The occasion insisted that the peace committee duly and formally invited the PDP and Atiku like different candidates and political events contesting the 2019 elections.
The assertion learn: “Atiku’s eventual determination to signal the peace deal is clearly a face-saving transfer following widespread condemnation that greeted his preliminary refusal to conform to the peace deal.
“We, nevertheless, should not lose sight of the harmful and ominous indicators the PDP and Atiku have inadvertently proven Nigerians within the lead as much as the elections.
“Once more, this brings to the fore, PDP’s open declaration in August this 12 months that the Celebration will deploy all “means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude” to govern the 2019 election.
“The APC reiterates that safety and different related businesses have to be on excessive alert to verify this harmful risk posed by the PDP’s deliberate actions for the final elections. In 2019 and past, the votes of the citizens should depend and the desire of the citizens should prevail.
“We should stand in opposition to and resist plans by retrogressive parts, who at the moment are nested within the PDP and their brokers to disrupt elections by violence and different undemocratic practices.
“For signing the 2019 election nationwide peace accord, the Celebration affirms the dedication of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC authorities to a free and honest electoral course of. The APC authorities has an abiding pledge in the direction of participatory, peaceable, credible and clear elections.”