Chairman of the National Peace Committee, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said that all heads of political parties are to sign a peace accord ahead of the 2019 elections to help play a major role towards the success of the forthcoming elections.
The former Head of State who disclosed this on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu in Abuja, said the committee were on a fact-finding mission on INEC’s preparedness to conduct the 2019 elections, while assuring that the committee will do its best to sanitize the political arena.
“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,” he said.
“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 and for political parties to accept the result once INEC declares the results” he added.
Responding, the INEC Chairman flanked by other top officials of the electoral commission, assured Nigerians of the commission’s readiness to ensure a free and fair exercise in 2019.
The meeting was also attended by Bishop Mattew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, who is also a member of the National Peace Committee.