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APC reacts to Atiku’s signature of Peace Accord

Segun Ige



Below is a statement from the ruling All progressives Congress, APC made available to PoliticsNGR, signed by its publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu;

“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 Elections.

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 leadup to 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 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.

For signing the 2019 election national peace accord, the Party affirms the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC government to a free and fair electoral process. The APC government has an abiding pledge towards a participatory, peaceful, credible and transparent elections.

Segun Ige is a Nigerian journalist from Ogun state. Segun has worked with top newspapers in Nigeria. He is the convener of 'Free write Naija', a group keen on enhancing press freedom in Nigeria.



  1. Big joe

    December 12, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Its obvious that APC led administration has been centered at complaining from one place to another without a vision to move the nation forward . i will like to advise whom ever it may concern as long as you a APC member to be using your head sometime and stop putting blame on everybody

  2. Ibrahim Yunusa

    December 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    The peace accord is a deceitful political trap blackmail as the committe has been a toothless bull dog given that APC has never conducted any free and fair elections since coming to power. If I am to have my way Atiku should never have signed the accord. It will only embolden Buhari to rig the elections seeing that PDP can nolonger resort to violence as Buhari did in 2011.

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