By Tunde Niyi-AkinmadeAlhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last Saturday presidential election, has presented a five-point demand to the Federal Government .
The demanded were presented through former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who is also Chairman of the National Peace Committee, (NPC).
Top on the opposition’s demand was unfreezing of major opposition politicians’ bank accounts; the no deployment of military in subsequent elections; accreditation of all voters should take place before voting in subsequent elections; INEC should open its back end server to all participating parties; and release of all politicians detained illegally by FG.
On Wednesday night, Gen. Abubakar had led members of the committee to a meeting with Atiku and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi in Abuja. The NPC is expected to meet President Muhammadu Buhari government with the demands .
Sources close to the Atiku parley said Atiku “warned that tensions are building up in the land,” and that the election of Feb 23 was the worst in 20 years since the country returned to democratic rule as it was marked by brazen rigging with no consideration to the will of the people.
Atiku and his team also raised some issues including deployment of the military was unconstitutional and in breach of Supreme Court judgement, a lot of malpractices between the INEC officers, the ruling party and the military took place to undermine the votes/voters of the PDP and the collaboration between INEC and FG to undermine the sanctity of the votes of the people.
The NPC team included Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Bishop Mathew Kukah and Rev. Fr Atta Barkindo. The NPC team pleaded with the PDP flag bearer to avoid anything that could jeopardise the nation’s peaceful co-existence.