The All Progressives Congress, APC, has committed itself to ensuring its members conduct themselves in a peaceful manner before and after next year’s 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 possible violence during the forthcoming election that they are even willing to relocate to other countries until after the elections. But, as the
biggest opposition party in Nigeria and a major stakeholder in our nation’s democracy, we are assuring, on our part, that there will be no violence.
Though our party has no history of violence, we have commenced a nationwide effort to sensitize our members and supporters to the need to eschew rancour and embrace non-violent methods, even in the face of the kind of provocations to which we were subjected during the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections, when our members were needlessly harassed, arrested and detained by partisan security agencies acting
under orders from the FG.
If the federal government allows a level playing field for all contestants, if the security agencies stop acting as the armed wing of the ruling PDP, if the electoral umpire will carry out its duties without fear, favour or bias and if citizens are allowed to exercise their franchise unmolested, the stage will be set for a non-violent, free, fair and credible polls. In other words, the government has a major role to play in making the forthcoming polls peaceful.
On our part, in addition to other efforts aimed at ensuring a peaceful election, we pledge to accept the result of an election that is not only free, fair,
credible and transparent, but one that is also seen to be so. We hope other parties will make a similar pledge.