General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), chairman of the National Peace Committee, has condemned reports of intimidation and violence threats in some states ahead of Saturday’s elections for governor and assembly.
In a statement released on Thursday in Abuja, Salami, a former head of state, said that political leaders must appeal to their supporters to ensure a peaceful election.
Abdusalami stated that the NPC had been following up with the same call to action prior to the elections for the National Assembly and presidential office on February 25, 2023.
He stated, “The elections for the presidential and National Assembly have come and gone.” However, the procedure of gathering, transmitting, and disseminating the final results has resulted in issues. The current situation of crisis is the result of this. Despite all of this, we are pleased and encouraged by the mature attitudes of the presidential election candidates.
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“The second round of elections for the governorship and state Houses of Assembly will be held this weekend, on March 18, 2023. We are concerned by the open threats of intimidation and violence made by certain social groups that are targeting voters through ethnic and religious labels.
“We appeal to the security and law enforcement agencies to remain vigilant and bring to justice anyone who poses a threat to the peaceful conduct of the elections, regardless of their social status. We encourage all citizens to exercise their God-given rights and not be intimidated.
Abubakar thanked peace-loving Nigerians, including the security agencies, on behalf of the National Peace Committee.
He prayed that the Independent National Electoral Commission would do everything in its power to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections in order to win over citizens’ trust.