- The chairman of NPC, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has called for the peaceful conduct of the Ondo election
- The former head of state urged the INEC to ensure a credible, free, and fair election
- Abubakar also advised the political parties to maintain peace before, during after the election
A former head of state and chairman of the National Peace Committee (NPC), Abdulsalami Abubakar, has urged stakeholders to ensure a peaceful and credible election in Ondo state ahead of Saturday, October 5, governorship election.
Premium Times reports that Abubakar made the call in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, October 6, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Legit.ng gathered that he said it was the duty of the political parties, electorate, umpire, and civil society groups to ensure a hitch-free and credible election in the state.
“As stakeholders, we should live up to the principles of impartiality, neutrality and statesmanship during the election.
“The security agencies, INEC, civil societies, traditional rulers and electorate are all urged to support a peaceful process.
“The NPC will continue to preach peace in the electoral process, it is tough to navigate Nigeria’s political landscape, we all need to do our part.
The former head of state urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to exhibit utmost neutrality and sincerity in the conduct of the polls.
Abubakar stated that the NPC would continue to work in line with its mandate, saying, “we have worked tirelessly to support peaceful elections and facilitate a non-violent transfer of power.”
He said that although pre-election periods were always fraught with fears of violence and threat to national unity, Nigerians must approach elections with a peaceful mindset.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the PDP begged President Muhammadu Buhari not to give in to any pressure to compromise the governorship election in Ondo state.
It was reported that the party's spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, made the plea on Sunday, October 4, at a news conference in Abuja.
He called on the president to maintain the standard for a free, fair, and credible election as witnessed in the Edo election.
The PDP chieftain, however, alleged that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was scheming to manipulate government institutions to rig the election.
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