A total number of 42 political parties on Monday gave the National Peace Committee (NPC) eight conditions before they will participate in the signing of a peace accord pact ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
The parties in a statement threatened not to participate in the signing of the pact on Wednesday, which is expected to be witnessed by Bill Clinton, a former president of the United States, if the NPC fails to secure the pledge of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to be independent and neutral during and after the conduct of the polls.
The statement was signed on the parties behalf by the Chairman of Action Peoples Party, Imo Ugochinyere; National Chairman of Alliance National Party, Mashood Shittu; National Chairman, People’s Coalition Party, Anthony Harmattan; and National Chairman, Action Alliance, Kenneth Udeze.
The statement read: “Forty-two political parties are planning to boycott/stage a walkout during the final peace accord signing billed to be witnessed by former USA President Bill Clinton on Wednesday unless the National Peace Committee includes the following conditions for free, fair and credible election inside the accord.
“The conditions are that it must be included in the accord that security agencies should not arrest leaders of the opposition parties few hours to election, as was done in Osun governorship election.
“That the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies must not exclude opposition parties’ agents from collation venues from polling unit to the final collation level.
“That it will be a breach of the accord for any security agencies to arrest agents of opposition parties or stop them from accessing the venue of election and collation.
“That accreditation must be done with party agents physically monitoring the identification of the voters.
“That INEC should be allowed by security agencies to do their work without interference in accordance with Electoral Act.
“That no result shall leave the polling unit without being announced and pasted on the wall in accordance with the Electoral Act.
“That politically-motivated police postings should be discontinued and reversed like the case of the posting of the security aide of APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu as Kwara Commissioner of Police.
“That INEC must ensure unrestricted access to agents of parties fielding candidates to the situation room and pilot phase of e-collation at all levels of collation up to national headquarters to ensure transparency.”