Nigeria 2019: Atiku, father kukah trade blame over peace accord invitation
London, Dec. 11, 2018 (AltAfrica)- Matthew Kukah, a Catholic bishop and one of the the proponents of peace accord has faulted Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar over claim that he was not invited for the traditional signing of peace accord by political parties contesting the 2019 general election
Kukar told PREMIUM TIMES that the committee “absolutely” sent invitation to Mr Abubakar, who is the main challenger to Mr Buhari at the general elections coming up in February 2019
While reacting to media reports of his absence at the peace accord event in Abuja attended by president Buhari, Atiku Abubakar,said on Tuesday that he did not receive any invitation to take part at the signing of a peace accord for 2019 presidential candidates.
“I can confirm” that Mr Abubakar “did not receive any formal invitation to the signing of the peace pact,” Paul Ibe, a spokesperson for the former vice-president, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
However, Matthew Kukah, a Catholic bishop and one of the the proponents of the accord, told PREMIUM TIMES the committee “absolutely” sent invitation Mr Abubakar, who is the main challenger to Mr Buhari at the general elections coming up in February
The clarification comes moments after media reported that Atiku and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP representatives were conspicuously absent at the signing of the accord at the International Conference Centre.
President Muhammadu Buhari arrived at the event shortly after 3:00 p.m., and he signed the agreement which was brokered by the National Peace Committee, led by Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state.
Some presidential candidates were said to be present alongside Mr Buhari, but many others like Kingsley Moghalu and Oby Ezekwesili were absent
Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) said he was not invited, either.
Also, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Obiageli Ezekwesili, told PREMIUM TIMES that she “did not receive an invite.”
Abdulsalami Abubakar and Mr Kukah led presidential candidates to sign a similar accord in 2015, a measure that was widely deemed crucial to the peaceful outcome of that contentious election.