The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the role played by the national peace committee in the just concluded general elections.
The party through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar-led committee, is powerless under the current administration which it says is “desperate” to remain in power.
Ologbondiyan said this on Friday while briefing journalists on the outcome of the general election.
Recall, that the peace committee had spearheaded efforts to ensure peace in the buildup to the elections. It had, among other things, got the various presidential candidates to sign a peace accord that they will support a peaceful and transparent poll.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday, Ologbondiyan accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, government of going against the dictates of the committee in an attempt to remain in power. He, however, said it is difficult for the peace committee to call a sitting government to order.
“The committee will only function within an ambit of what the sitting government desires,” Ologbondiyan said.
“If a sitting government refuses to partner with the peace committee and chooses to act against the rule, the peace committee has no power to get the sitting government to act in conjunction with their own principles.
“So I’m not surprised that the peace committee has somewhat found itself in the kind of environment it is in. It is a different environment from what we had under President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 and 2015.
“We are dealing with people who have no respect for rules. We are dealing with people who are prepared to manoeuvre their ways just to be in government.”
The party also said it is determined to reclaim its mandate during the supplementary elections in the five states where it has highest number of votes.
“Though the PDP vehemently rejects the cancellation of Tafawa Balewa, we stand with the people of Bauchi state, in the determination to go to the supplementary election on March 23 and reinforce our candidate’s victory in Tafawa Balewa LGA,” it said of the governorship election in Bauchi state.
“This is in addition to the resolve to vehemently resist any attempt by INEC to tamper with already declared results in the other 19 local governments of state.”
Meanwhile, the party’s Presidential candidate in the last elections, Atiku Abubakar, was in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Thursday, for a private meeting with his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Atiku who arrived the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, observed his prayer at the Mosque, within the Presidential Library facility, and had lunch later with his host, and left quietly, a source said.
It is not clear what Atiku discussed with Obasanjo during his short visit, but there were insinuations that both men may have deliberated on the last Presidential election, which Atiku contested on the platform of the PDP, but lost to the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
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