President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with a delegation of the National Peace Committee (NPC) led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar on the dust raised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in last week’s election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The delegation delivered to the president the issues raised by Atiku at the committee’s Thursday meeting with him.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting with Buhari, Abdulsalami said he was pleased to hear that the PDP had decided to approach the court to seek redress instead of resorting to violence.
”As much as we have grievances, l am glad that the PDP say they are going to court to challenge the process, l think this is the right way to go about it, and l hope and pray that we will maintain this,” he said.
The former Head of State also confirmed that members of the committee had met with the presidential candidate of the PDP who raised concerns over the conduct and outcome of the presidential election as well as the forthcoming elections.
He, however explained that what the former Vice President raised were concerns and not conditions as being speculated in some section of the media.
He said “The Presidential election result has raised a lot of dust and the people feel aggrieved. Yesterday (Thursday).I met the PDP Presidential candidate and his party.
“Atiku presented his grievances and his observations, he did not present any conditions, he gave his complaints, which we have come to present and discuss with Mr. President to see what can be done.
“And in other to listen to their grievances and what they think has gone wrong and we are here today to see his Excellency the President in other to relay the fears and concerns of the PDP and Mr. President.
“He listened to us and has taken note of what we have told him.
“Nigerians should please on behalf of this country and all of us, regardless, we need peace. This country is very, very important to all of us. We are not talking about self-interest, we are talking about the interest of the country.
“I keep saying, whenever there is violence, we are not going to see violence in Ikoyi, in the Villa and you will not find violence in the various government houses in this country. It is always the poor man that get to kill themselves and so on,” he added.
Other members of the committee at the meeting with the president were the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Mathew Hassan Kukah, His Grace, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Catholic Bishop of Abuja Archdiocese.