NPC holds closed-door session with Atiku, Obi, Saraki, Osinbajo

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The National Peace Committee, NPC, led by an ex-Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar, on Thursday met with three of the major actors in the just concluded presidential election.

The meeting was held in Abuja and sought to find an amicable solution to the dispute being generated by the outcome of the polls.

The NPC met with Vice President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, PDP Campaign D-G, Bukola Saraki, National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, among others.

Abdulsalam, Rev. Matthew Kuka and others also met Osinbajo in the Presidential Villa, Abuja late on Thursday.

They had held a closed-door session with Atiku and Obi earlier in the evening.

The Committee met with Atiku and Obi at about 6pm, and met with Osinbajo later in the day at the Presidential Villa.

Top among the members of the NPC at the meeting were Abubakar, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah; Cardinal John Onaiyekan; and Rev. Fr. Atta Barkindo.

A source, who was at the meeting, told one of our correspondents that the committee asked for the grievances of Atiku and his team over the outcome of the election, which was won by Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.

The Atiku group was said to have narrated alleged intimidation of its supporters in some states and alleged inflation of votes in favour of President Buhari in some states.

The PDP was also said to have told the Abdusalami panel that the party was in possession of documentary evidence to show that the election was characterised with irregularities that were too weighty to ignore.

The source said, “The committee came to meet with us and asked us how we felt about the outcome of the election. We explained our disappointment to the committee and they agreed with us on some of the issues we raised.

“The committee members pleaded with us to accept the outcome and probably forget the issue of going to court and all that.

“But we let them know the danger of ignoring such calamity as it would send dangerous signal to both the international community and future generations in the country.

“We have to lay a good example that we cannot build on nothing. It will be dangerous to forget the massive rigging and dangerous things that happened in many parts of the country.”

The leadership of the PDP is expected to address a press conference on the meeting on Friday (today).

The PDP team and Atiku, it was learnt, demanded that the military should not be  deployed in subsequent elections, while INEC should open back-end servers to all participating parties.

They also called for the release of all politicians allegedly detained illegally by the Federal Government and the unfreezing of accounts of those whose accounts were blocked as part of the government’s clampdown on the opposition.

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