Election Results: Atiku Issues 6-Point Demand to Federal Government
Following the People Democratic Party flag bearer and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s rejection of the election results and threats to head to the courts, the Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar led members of the National Peace Committee, (NPC) has met with Atiku and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi in Abuja.
In a truce-like turn-around, on the election results, the presidential candidate PDP in last week’s election presented a six-point demand to the Federal Government.
Top on the demand was unfreezing of opposition politicians’ bank accounts.
Another major demand presented to the former Head of State and Chairman of the NPC) General Abdulsalam (retd) was demilitarisarion of subsequent polls.
Other demands by Atiku were:
*That accreditation of voters should take place before voting in subsequent elections.
*That there should be no deployment of the military in subsequent elections.
* That INEC should open its back end server to all participating parties.
*That there should be a release of all politicians detained illegally by FG.
NPC team included Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Bishop Kukah, and Rev. Fr Atta Barkindo.
Atiku and his team informed the group that the election of Feb 23 was the worst in 20 years since the country returned to democratic rule and that it was marked by brazen rigging with no consideration to the will of the people.
They listed the following as issues they had with the presidential polls:
*Deployment of the military was unconstitutional and in breach of Supreme Court judgement.
*That resultantly, a lot of malpractices between the INEC officers, the ruling party and the military took place to undermine the votes/voters of the PDP.
*That there was collaboration between INEC and FG to undermine the sanctity of the votes of the people.
*That this is the worst election in 20 years. No improvement from 2015.
It was learnt that Gen. Abdusalam and his team pleaded with the PDP flag bearer to avoid anything that could jeopardise the nation’s peaceful co-existence.