The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili yesterday informed delegates of Worldwide Republican Institute (IRI) and Nationwide Democratic Institute (NDI) that she was undecided President Muhammadu Buhari would guarantee peace on the 2019 elections.
IRI and NDI are the our bodies fielding Joint Worldwide Elections Observers Mission. The delegates are within the nation to satisfy with key stakeholders within the electoral course of and assess the pre-election setting.
The delegation is led by a former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield; Government Vice President for the Center East and Africa of Grainster LLC, Ambassador Lewis Lucke; Regional Director for Africa at IRI, John Tomaszewsk and Kenya Resident Nation Director at NDI, Dickson Omondi.
Ezekwesili warned that utilizing safety brokers to compromise the election may result in harmful reactions.
She mentioned Buhari should avert the hazard of the menace that the navy and the police have turn out to be to the nation’s democracy “as was evident within the Osun and Ekiti elections.”
“The safety forces have to be pulled out of the coopted involvement in our elections, which in Ekiti and Osun disenfranchised many citizens,” she mentioned, noting that any motion of the President that goals at giving him undue benefit within the February elections would quantity to political corruption.
Ezekwesili who assured the delegates of selling peace, earlier than, throughout and the elections, requested them to warning President Buhari towards compromising the usual of the election.
“My entry into the presidential race is to win and supply the lengthy elusive good governance to Nigerians in order that our nation and folks will prosper, turn out to be steady and reside in concord.
“I’ve raised the bar in making 2019 a difficulty/value-based marketing campaign and compelled the dominant events to start out specializing in the identical. My candidacy is mobilising the residents right into a motion of enlightened voters who could make knowledgeable decisions within the elections. My candidacy is making a political disruption of the previous extant order of a political class who’ve all the time seen politics as a way to private wealth as an alternative of service to the nation and folks.
“With my foray in politics, a brand new order of politicians and politically aware residents are rising on the scene. Younger folks and ladies are the phase of the voting inhabitants which are most enthusiastic about my candidacy and are volunteering and donating to our marketing campaign,” the previous training minister mentioned.
At one other occasion in Abuja yesterday the place the IRI and NDI delegates offered a press release on their third joint pre-election evaluation mission, they urged safety businesses within the nation to shun bias and partisanship.
They mentioned that given the nation’s persistent insecurity, perceptions about lack of neutrality on the a part of the safety forces may undermine the credibility of all the course of.
They famous that Nigeria could be conducting the 2019 polls towards the backdrop of insecurity within the North East and center belt and threats from non-state actors that would negatively have an effect on the method.