The Presidency has called on the National Peace Committee headed by the former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retired) to act on what it described as a violation by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of the peace accord signed by presidential candidates in December.
In a statement on Tuesday, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, accused the PDP presidential campaign organisation of bad faith, character assassination and inflammatory utterances.
He said the open and unsubstantiated allegations against the President’s family by the Atiku Abubakar media campaign contravenes the spirit of the peace accord.
“Dragging the President’s family into the campaign and accusing them of wrongdoing without producing unassailable evidence, amounts to an act of bad faith and malice.
“Instead of concentrating their efforts on persuading Nigerians on why they should be trusted to rule again after 16 years of failure, the PDP presidential campaign organisation is seeking to divert public attention from the large scale corruption and havoc it wreaked on the country during its 16 years of misrule,” he said.
He said more than one week after accusing the President’s family of corruption and wrong doing, the PDP presidential campaign still cannot provide proof of the allegations, despite being encouraged by the Presidency and the public to do so.
“Instead, they are ridiculously expecting the accused to prove their own allegations instead of it being the other way round,” he said.
Accusing the PDP presidential campaign of being indolent and poor in research, Shehu said it was irresponsible for the party to go public with allegations that they could not prove, describing that as something other than politics.
“It is sheer desperation and a clear sign of disarray in the PDP campaign,” he said