Ambode, Agbaje Sign US Peace Pact

Ambode, Agbaje Sign US Peace Pact

The gubernatorial candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, and All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, on Monday February 9, promised to accept the results of the governorship election. 

They also promised to seek redress through constitutional means if dissatisfied with the outcome of the elections.

Punch reports that Agbaje and Ambode, signed a peace pact during an electoral security round-table convened by the United States Embassy in Lagos, committing them to non-violence before, during and after the elections.

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Ambode urged his supporters to remain calm despite the postponement of the elections, saying, “Whether the date of the election has been shifted, we know that the destiny of Nigerians cannot be shifted. I want to appeal to all Lagosians to remain calm in the midst of all these.

“I do hereby pledge on behalf of myself and my supporters to promote peaceful participation in the 2015 elections and beyond. I do further pledge to accept the outcome of the Lagos State elections, whatever it may be and to seek redress for any perceived injustice through legal and legitimate channels,” Ambode added.

Agbaje said, “We pledge that we will, before the elections, on the election day and after that, do nothing to make Lagos boil. It is our commitment to tell our supporters that the way forward for Lagos is to ensure violent-free polls.”

James Entwistle, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, expressed the commitment of the US to non-violent polls in Nigeria and urged the candidates and their parties to abide by the peace pact.

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“The greatest supporter of the US in this electioneering process is the Nigerian people and we are committed to seeing non-violent elections take place in Nigeria,” Entwistle said.

It would be recalled that the fourteen presidential candidates, including President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on January 14 signed a peace pact in Abuja.


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