APC Commits Members To Violence-Free Election, Ask PDP, Others To Do Same

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has committed itself to ensuring its members conduct themselves in a peaceful manner before and after next years elections. APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said so in a statement he issued in Lagos on Sunday. The opposition party also enjoins the Peoples Democratic Party to complement its efforts and follow suit. The statement reads: We have heard from Nigerians who are so afraid about possibleviolence during the forthcoming election that they are even willing torelocate to other countries until after the elections. But, as the biggest opposition party in Nigeria and a major stakeholder in ournations democracy, we are assuring, on our part, that there will beno violence. Though our party has no history of violence, we have commenced anationwide effort to sensitize our members and supporters to the needto eschew rancour and embrace non-violent methods, even in the face ofthe kind of provocations to which we were subjected during the Ekitiand Osun governorship elections, when our members were needlesslyharassed, arrested and detained by partisan security agencies acting under orders from the FG. If the federal government allows a level playing field for allcontestants, if the security agencies stop acting as the armed wing ofthe ruling PDP, if the electoral umpire will carry out its duties without fear, favour or bias and if citizens are allowed to exercisetheir franchise unmolested, the stage will be set for a non-violent,free, fair and credible polls. In other words, the government has amajor role to play in making the forthcoming polls peaceful. On our part, in addition to other efforts aimed at ensuring a peacefulelection, we pledge to accept the result of an election that is notonly free, fair, credible and transparent, but one that is also seen to be so. We hopeother partieswill make a similar pledge.
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