Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former Head of State, said that the National Peace Committee has conveyed the grievances of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar over the outcome of the presidential election to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Abdulsalami, Bishop Matthew Kukah and other members of the National Peace Committee had met with Atiku; his running mate, Peter Obi; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; and other members of the opposition party on Thursday.
President Buhari who is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded presidential election defeated Atiku and was declared winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Atiku however rejected the result, saying that the outcome of the election does to represent the will of Nigerians. He further revealed certain reasons why he rejected the result.
Gen. Abdulsalam who spoke with journalists after his meeting with President Buhari said; “Yesterday l met the PDP Presidential candidate and his party in order to ensure that this peace committee ensure that really, our concern is about Nigeria.”
“And in order to listen to their grievances and what they think has gone wrong, we are here today to see his Excellency, the President in order to relay the fears and concerns of the PDP and Mr President listened to us and has taken note of what we have told him.”
“We are not talking about self-interest, we are talking about the interest of the country. I keep saying, whenever there is violence, we are not going to see violence in Ikoyi, in the Villa and you will not find violence in the various government houses in this country. It is always the poor that get to kill themselves and so on.
“So, please, yes, as much as we have grievances, l am glad that the PDP say they are going to court to challenge the process, l think this is the right way to go about it, and l hope and pray that we will maintain this,” he said.
Contrary to reports circulating in the media, the former military head of state said that Atiku never gave any conditions, but just his grievances and his observations.
“Atiku presented his grievances and his observations, he did not present any conditions. He gave his complaints, which we have come to present and discuss with Mr President to see what can be done,” he noted.