President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had in December 2018 joined candidates of other parties to commit to peace in the elections.
But in a statement on Wednesday, the main opposition party said after due consideration of “comments, threats and incendiary actions by the APC and the Buhari Presidency, which are directly inimical to a peaceful, free and fair election, the PDP is left with no option than to consider a review of its signatory in the national peace accord, if no action is immediately taken to curb this trend.”
The party criticised Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, for saying foreign powers who interfere in Nigeria’s elections will return to their countries in body bags. Body bags are used to convey corpses.
Expressing shock over the comment, the party called on the international community to immediately impose a travel ban on el-Rufai.
The US, UK and EU had listed travel ban as one of the measures it would use against those who work against the elections.
“Nigerians are still in a shock over comments by the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, who declared on a national television that members of the global democratic institutions that are working for a peaceful election in Nigeria will return to their countries in body bags. What a threat?” the party said in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, its spokesman.
“We call on the international community to immediately impose a travel ban on el-Rufai for this inciting comment against peaceful elections in our country.”