2019: Political parties set to sign peace accord before polls

2019: Political parties set to sign peace accord before polls

- All heads of political parties in Nigeria are to sign a peace accord ahead of the 2019 general elections

- This was the stance of the National Peace Committee, headed by General Abdulsalam Abubakar

- The committee says the agreement will help play a major role towards the success of the forthcoming elections

The chairman of the National Peace Committee and former head of state, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, says that all heads of political parties are expected to sign a peace accord ahead of the 2019 general elections.

According to Abubakar, signing the agreement will help play a major role towards the success of the forthcoming elections.

The respected elder statesman made the revelation during a meeting with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu in Abuja on Wednesday, November 28.

The committee played a similar role in the weeks leading up to the 2015 general elections.

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His words: “We will do the best we can, in order to help sanitize the political arena.

“You members of the press also have a role and a duty to educate our people and the politicians so that once they go on campaigning they campaign on issues and there shouldn’t be any rancor.

“Tomorrow we are going to meet all the chairmen and secretaries of the registered political parties.

“The aim of the meeting with the political parties is to try to reach an understanding, where we will get them at a later date to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on how to campaign without bitterness.”

On his part, the INEC chairman assured the committee and Nigerians, of the commission’s readiness to ensure a free and fair exercise in 2019.

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Meanwhile, a new initiative, DOS support group, arrow headed by a group of young professionals have been designed to seek the democratization of campaign funding while ensuring a level playing field for all candidates irrespective of party lines and ideological leanings ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Legit.ng gathered that the initiative is an online structure that would transparently seek to attract retail campaign funding from the massive potential donor community online and then direct the funds towards credible aspirants vying for political offices.

According to the promoters, these funds would go to all aspirants no matter the party lines of ideological affiliation depending on the choice of the donor or contributor.

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