The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened to pull out of the peace accord it signed for the elections. In December, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, joined flagbearers of other parties to commit to peace in the elections.
But in a statement on Wednesday, the opposition party said after due consideration of comments, threats and incendiary actions by the APC and the Buhari Presidency, which are directly inimical to a peaceful, free and fair election, it is left with no option than to consider a review of its signatory in the national peace accord, if no action is immediately taken to curb this trend.
The party criticized governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai, for saying foreign powers who interfere in Nigeria’s elections will return to their countries in body bags used to convey corpses. While expressing shock over the comment, the party called on the international community to immediately impose travel ban on el-Rufai.
The PDP also kicked against the decision of the police to redeploy Kayode Egbetokun, a police commissioner, to Kwara state. Former inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed Egbetokun to take over Lagos police command but the acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu, reversed the appointment less than 24 hours after taking control of the force.
The opposition party said as a former chief security office to Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC, Egbetokun will be protecting the interest of the ruling party in Kwara where Senate President Bukola Saraki is from. It said this negates the principle of the Peace Accord and can only hurt the fragile peace that currently exists in Kwara state.