The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar was absent at the signing of the peace accord due to “communication lapse”.
The party stressed that it is committed to a peaceful election despite Atiku’s absence at the event, adding that it has commenced an investigation into the “unfortunate” occurrence.
Atiku’s spokesman, Paul Ibeh, said that the PDP presidential candidate was not invited to the programme.
PDP, in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party spokesman, said the party would visit the national peace committee– organisers of the programme — and fulfill all required obligations.
The statement read, “Already, the party is conducting investigations into the circumstances that could have resulted to this unfortunate communication lapse.
“Nevertheless, it is instructive to state that our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the party are fully committed to a peaceful electoral process and elections in 2019.
“Our presidential candidate is known worldwide as a global ambassador of peace, who will always support processes that will engender peace in our country and the world over.
“In the same vein, our party is also known for peaceful conduct in all activities, electoral processes and all elections conducted at all levels in our country, since its inception in 1998.
“The PDP will therefore visit the office of the National Peace Committee, look into the peace document and fulfill all necessary obligations towards the peace accord ahead of the 2019 general elections.”