Are good intentions enough to guarantee peaceful elections in Nigeria?
The All Progressives Congress on Sunday said a pre-election meeting between the party and the Peoples Democratic Party was necessary to ensure violence-free polls in 2015.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, asked the Federal Government to take all necessary measures to ensure that the elections are free and fair, noting that rigging triggers anger and violence.
‘’Even with the little time left for the elections to hold, we strongly believe that a meeting of the leadership of the two political parties, the APC and the PDP, will send a powerful message to our compatriots and, indeed, the international community and douse the tension that is building up ahead of the election,’’ the APC said.
However, the extent to which the period preceding and following the elections will be peaceful (or not) depend on APC’s interpretation of events on the ground:
“If the Federal Government allows a level playing field for all contestants, if the security agencies stop acting as the armed wing of the ruling PDP, if the electoral umpire will carry out its duties without fear, favour or bias and if citizens are allowed to exercise their franchise unmolested, the stage will be set for a non-violent, free, fair and credible polls. In other words, the government has a major role to play in making the forthcoming polls peaceful.
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