The National Peace Committee, led by a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), yesterday met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; his running mate, Peter Obi; and the leadership of the main opposition party as the committee commenced moves to douse what it described as rising tension in the country.
This comes two days after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the presidential election, which held on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Buhari’s major challenger in the race, the candidate of the PDP, Atiku, has disagreed with the result as announced by the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, vowing to challenge it.
The PDP is accusing the ruling party of manipulating the outcome of the election, through suppression of the party’s votes, intimidation, rigging and other electoral infractions.
The APC has, however, denied the allegations, describing the PDP as a bad loser and promising to meet Atiku in court.