On Thursday, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former military Head of State; Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese; Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and other members of the National Peace Committee met with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Abuja.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Peter Obi, Atiku’s running mate; Dr. Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate; Mr. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representative; Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the PDP; and other executive members of the party.
The National Peace Committee decided to meet with Atiku following the outcome of the presidential election held last Saturday.
Atiku had vehemently rejected the result of the election, saying that he would seek redress in court.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the election having scored the highest number of votes.
According to an undisclosed source who spoke to Punch, the Peace Committee had asked Atiku what his grievances were regarding the election.
As seen on Punch, the source noted that Atiku’s team alleged intimidation of its supporters in some states and alleged inflation of votes in favour of the APC candidate in some state.
“The committee came to meet with us and asked us how we felt about the outcome of the election. We explained our disappointment to the committee and they agreed with us on some of the issues we raised.
“The committee members pleaded with us to accept the outcome and probably forget the issue of going to court and all that.
“But we let them know the danger of ignoring such calamity as it would send dangerous signal to both the international community and future generations in the country.
“We have to lay a good example that we cannot build on nothing. It will be dangerous to forget the massive rigging and dangerous things that happened in many parts of the country.”
The PDP further demanded that the backend of INEC servers be open to all participating parties in the subsequent elections.