The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar last night explained why they did not join other presidential candidates in signing the peace accord brokered by the National Peace Committee, NPC.
While Atiku’s spokesman, Paul Ibe, stated that “the PDP presidential candidate did not receive invitation to the event”, the PDP blamed the absence of its standard bearer at the event on communication lapse between the NPC and the party’s national secretariat.
The party, in a statement last night by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the PDP would visit the office of the NPC to look into the details of the document and fulfill its obligation in order to guarantee a peaceful election.
“The party regrets that it was not represented at the signing of the peace accord in Abuja on Tuesday, due to communication lapse between the National Peace Committee (NPC) and the party’s national secretariat.
“Already, the party is conducting investigations into the circumstances that could have resulted to this unfortunate communication lapse.
“Nevertheless, it is instructive to state that our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the party are fully committed to a peaceful electoral process and elections in 2019.
“Our presidential candidate is known worldwide as a global ambassador of peace, who will always support processes that will engender peace in our country and the world over.
“In the same vein, our party is also known for peaceful conduct in all activities, electoral processes and all elections conducted at all levels in our country, since its inception in 1998,” the statement read.