The Presidency on Tuesday accused the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar of violating the peace agreement signed in December last year.
According to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, the presidency wanted the National Peace Committee (NPC) headed by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar to caution the party for derailing from the good intentions of the peace accord aimed at achieving peace during and after the 2019 general elections.
Shehu accused the presidential campaign of the PDP of embarking on character assassination of opposition candidates and inflammatory utterances which he said were capable of inciting and causing violence in the country.
“The Presidency has called on the National Peace Committee to act on what it described as a violation by the opposition PDP of the peace accord signed by presidential candidates in December.
“We note the open and unsubstantiated allegations against the President’s family by the Atiku Abubakar media campaign contravenes the spirit of the peace accord that was signed at the instance of former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Bishop Mathew Kukah and other eminent public figures who constitute the committee.
“Dragging the President’s family into the campaign and accusing them of wrongdoing without producing unassailable evidence amounts to an act of bad faith and malice.
“Instead of concentrating their efforts on persuading Nigerians on why they should be trusted to rule again after 16 years of failure, the PDP presidential campaign organization is seeking to divert public attention from the large scale corruption and havoc it wreaked on the country during its 16 years of misrule,” the statement read.
The statement claimed that more than one week after accusing the President’s family of corruption and wrong doing, the PDP has not been able to provide proof of the allegations despite being encouraged by the Presidency and the public to do so.
“Instead, they are ridiculously expecting the accused to prove their own allegations instead of it being the other way round,” it added.
Shehu further accused the PDP presidential campaign of being indolent and poor in research, noting that it was irresponsible for the PDP to go public with allegations that they could not prove.