Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) embraces leading opposition All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari during a conference to promote non-violence att ~ STRINGER
Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has violated the non-violence pact he signed with other presidential candidates, the main opposition party said following alleged death threats a governor directed at the incumbent’s main challenger.
In a statement, the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused Jonathan of defying the pact signed in Abuja last week by acceding to a controversial advertisement Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, reportedly paid for and was flighted on Monday.
APC described the said advert as “incendiary, insensitive, reckless and provocative death-wish-for-Buhari.”
“But for our party's ceaseless enlightenment of our members and supporters to shun violence of any kind even when provoked, and the peaceful disposition of the APC as a party, one can only imagine what could have happened in the wake of this demonic advert, laced with ethnic put down and a morally-repugnant death wish for a fellow being,” the party said in a statement its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued.
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It called on all those who witnessed the signing of the pact, especially former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, to take note of the alleged breach of the agreement and urgently call President Jonathan and his party to order.
“We are also calling on all Nigerians, as well as security agencies, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) to take note of the political desperation of the PDP and its supporters, while warning that we will hold President Jonathan and his party responsible if anything untoward should happen to the APC Presidential Candidate.”
The opposition party said for the avoidance of doubt, the advert was not the first time the President and his supporters have broken the Abuja Peace Accord.
“Two days after the pact was signed, our party's office at Ngo community in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers was bombed, the second of such incident in the state, by PDP thugs. Then our party members were attacked severally in Sokoto by PDP thugs aided and abetted by the police, while the PDP Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero, has been inciting violence against the opposition in his state,” APC alleged.
The party nonetheless thanked Nigerians for their collective condemnation of the contentious advert.
“'Nigerians have shown that despite their different political affiliation, religion and ethnicity, they are humane and reasonable people who cannot be set against themselves by the trivial-mindedness of some desperate politicians.”