The Peoples Democratic Party has offered reasons why the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, was absent at Monday’s Peace Accord signing ceremony in Abuja.
The party offered the explanation in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, pledging its commitment to peaceful elections.
The party said the absence of Abubakar was due to communication lapse between the National Peace Committee, headed by retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and the party’s national secretariat.
The party said it is already conducting investigations into the circumstances that could have resulted to this unfortunate communication lapse.
The statement added: 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.”