Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar has expressed doubt that next year’s general elections in the country will be free, fair and credible without President Muhammadu Buhari signing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
Atiku, who spoke today after signing the Peace Accord ahead of the 2019 polls in Abuja today, Wednesday, said: “I am delighted that the President has agreed to sign this peace accord, but we want to appeal to him to also sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
“Mr. President needs to understand that as long as he refuses to sign this Bill, we will have doubt that this government is truly committed to a true, fair and credible election.”
The PDP presidential candidate had earlier said that he could not make it to the signing of the document by the presidential candidates of other political parties yesterday, Tuesday because he did not get an invitation for the event.
Atiku said that he is not one of the converted democrats, but a real democrat from the beginning, who alongside other leaders, fought the military to return this country to democracy.
He said that the best way to guarantee peace in any election or human interaction is to ensure manifest justice to all concerned.
Earlier, the former Head of State and Chairman, National Peace Committee, Alhaji Abdusalami Abubakar, had apologized for not having the PDP presidential candidate at the signing of the peace accord held on Tuesday.
He said that the news that the PDP boycotted the signing of the accord was completely wrong, saying: “I must apologies for the omission or commission, that the PDP was not able to attend that ceremony.
“The news that PDP boycotted the signing of the accord yesterday is completely wrong. I spoke to the presidential candidate and the party officials.
“It was not only the PDP that was not there yesterday, one or two parties were also not there.”
He made it clear that everybody involved in the project cared for peace and wants a peaceful election in 2019.
The political parties and their presidential candidates, especially, are to commit to issue-based campaigns and to avoid hate speech.
According to the peace accord, they are also to publicly speak against provocative utterances and oppose all acts of electoral violence.
They are also expected to support all government institutions including INEC and the security agencies to act and be seen to act with impartiality.