ELECTION: Clinton To Meet Buhari, Atiku, Others

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A former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, have been named as dignitaries that will witness the signing of the National Peace Accord.

It was gathered that the ex-US President would hold meetings with President Buhari and Atiku.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Head of the Secretariat of the National Peace Committee (The Kukah Centre), Fr. Atta Barkindo.

He said, “The National Peace Committee, mindful of the importance of peaceful elections and non-violent transfer of power, has engaged various stakeholders in preparation for the 2019 general elections.

“To this end, it is pleased to announce that it has invited Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States of America and Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, to visit Nigeria from February 12 to 13, 2019 ahead of the Nigerian presidential election.

“Both President Clinton and Baroness Scotland will deliver goodwill messages at the signing ceremony of the National Peace Accord which will hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on February 13. President Clinton will also hold meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar.

“This signing is aimed towards committing stakeholders to accepting the outcome of the vote, as long as it is announced by INEC, the body empowered by law and is adjudged to be free, fair and credible.”

A copy of the accord, titled, ‘Renewal of our pledges to peaceful elections,’ was obtained by news men in Abuja on Sunday.

Apart from Buhari and Atiku, 72 other presidential candidates are also expected to sign the pact.

Recall that on December 11, 2018, the candidates expressed their commitment to free, fair and credible elections.

In the new accord to be signed on Wednesday, the candidates would pledge to accept the outcome of the presidential election.

Besides, they are also calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies to ensure strict adherence to their constitutional roles.

The new accord read, “You may recall that on December 11, 2018, all of us, the presidential candidates along with our party chairmen, signed the 2019 National Peace Accord.

“The substance of the accord was our commitment to free, fair and credible elections in our dear country. In the accord, we agreed to, among other things, run an issue-based campaign and pledged that our electoral campaigns would not involve any religious incitement, ethnic or tribal profiling, both by ourselves and all agents acting in our names.

“Now that the campaigns have come to an end, we meet today to renew our pledge for peaceful elections.

“We therefore call on all fellow citizens of our dear country, and our party supporters, to refrain from violence or any acts that may in any way jeopardise our collective vision of a free, fair and credible election.

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