Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Atiku Abubakar has presented a list of demands to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari after meeting with members of the National Peace Committee on Thursday.
Atiku, who lost to Buhari in the recent presidential election has accused the president and the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) of rigging the election and intimidating pro-PDP voters during the election. Atiku and the PDP have therefore, resolved to challenge Buhari’s victory by taking the matter to court.
Members of the National Peace Committee(NPC), including former Head of State, Abdusalami Abubakar and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah met with Atiku and his Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi in Abuja yesterday to try to convince him to recognise Buhari in the interest of peace.
Atiku and Obi have therefore listed the following demands as precondition:
- That accreditation of voters should take place before voting in subsequent elections.
- That there should be no deployment of the military in subsequent elections. That INEC should open its back end server to all participating parties.
- That there should be a release of all politicians detained illegally by FG.
- There should be unfreezing of opposition politicians’ bank accounts.
A source at the meeting disclosed that Atiku “warned that tensions are building up in the land.”
Atiku and his team informed the group that the election of Feb 23 was the worst in 20 years of the return to democratic rule. That it was marked by brazen rigging with no consideration to the will of the people.
They listed the following as the issues they had with the polls: Deployment of the military was unconstitutional and in breach of Supreme Court judgement.
- That resultantly, a lot of malpractices between the INEC officers, the ruling party and the military took place to undermine the votes/voters of the PDP.
- That there was collaboration between INEC and FG to undermine the sanctity of the votes of the people.
- That this is the worst election in 20 years. No improvement from 2015