Buhari, Atiku Sign Accord On Polls Outcome Today
Buhari, Atiku Sign Accord On Polls Outcome Today.
- Bill Clinton to speak with candidates this week
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today sign a peace accord on the outcome of the February 16 presidential election.
Former US President Bill Clinton will also speak with Buhari and Atiku this week to ensure peaceful election, his spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement. Clinton the former US president however cancelled the trip because his visit to Nigeria “has the potential to be politicized in a way that is not in line with the goals of the Committee.
According to Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to President Buhari, said “You will see him [the president] there.”
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Mr. Paul Ibe, Atiku’s media aide, also confirmed yesterday that the former VP would sign the pact today.
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President Buhari had on December 11, 2018 signed the first peace pact, tagged “Abuja Accord 2018” along with several other presidential candidates. The PDP candidate who was absent at the event however signed the pact the following day. While signing the first pact, Buhari had said, “We, the candidates pledge to uphold the highest standard of conducts and encourage our teeming supporters to do same.”
Also, after signing the pact, Atiku commended the president for signing the peace agreement.
The PDP had on Wednesday, February 6 threatened to opt out of the first accord after accusing the ruling APC and its members of breaching the terms of the accord, but the APC campaign denied the allegations.
Also 42 parties list 8 conditions for signing accord
that 42 political parties had on Monday given eight conditions that must be included in the accord before signing it.
The position was contained in a statement on behalf of the parties 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 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.
- “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies must not exclude opposition parties’ agents from collation venues, from Polling Unit to the final collation level.
- “It would be a breach of the accord for any security agency to arrest agents of opposition parties or stop them from accessing the venue of election and collation.
- “Accreditation must be done with party agents physically monitoring the identification of the voters.
- “INEC should be allowed by security agencies to do their work without interference in accordance with Electoral Act, 201, as amended.
- “No result shall leave the polling unit without being announced and pasted on the wall, in accordance with the Electoral Act, as amended.
- “Politically-motivated police postings should be discontinued and reversed like the case of the posting of the former security aide of (All Progressives Congress chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Kayode Egbetokun, as Kwara Commissioner of Police.)
- “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.”