El-Rufai’s murder threat: PDP threatens to withdraw from peace accord

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said it is considering to withdraw from the peace accord signed by the political parties ahead of the Feb. 16 presidential election.

The party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has signed the peace accord of the Retired General Abdussalam Abubakar with view to ensuring that all parties in the forthcoming elections are committed to peace and unity of Nigeria.

However, PDP said it would pull out of the peace accord following a comments, threats and incendiary actions by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari-led presidency which, they said, are directly inimical to a peaceful, free and fair election.

In a statement on Wednesday, signed by the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP sighted as example the comments made by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai where he threatened to murder foreigners who might interfere in Nigeria’s forthcoming general elections.

El-Rufai’s comments came about a week after the Nigerian government through its presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu accused foreign powers including the United States, United Kingdom and the European Union of actions that could be deemed as interference, and warned of consequences.

It could be recalled that the US, UK and EU have all condemned the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, warning that the decision by Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, could affect the credibility of the general elections.

Mr Ologbondiyan said, “PDP is shocked over the governor’s comments that members of the global democratic institutions who are working for a peaceful election in Nigeria will return to their countries in body bags.

“The PDP holds that any situation that seeks to allow the APC to abuse the tenets of the accord will definitely force our party to review our signatory to the peace process.”

“In that regard, we might have no option left than to allow our members to defend their votes with whatever that is available to them.”

“This country belongs to all of us and no individual or group, no matter how highly placed, can subjugate other citizens or seek to appropriate any sort of absolutism to themselves,” the statement added.

PDP, however, called on international community to immediately impose a travel ban on Mr el-Rufai for his inciting comments against peaceful elections in the country.

“We, therefore, call on the National Peace Committee to immediately summon El-Rufai on his inflammatory remarks against (the) peaceful election in our country,” the party added.