Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the two leading presidential election candidates for signing the pact against violence ahead of the general election.
Its candidate, Goodluck Jonathan, and the All Progressives Congress' Muhammadu Buhari signed the agreement.
PDP said this was in line with the irrevocable commitment of the PDP to peace and progress of the nation at all times.
The ruling party, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Olisa Metuh, said the party had demonstrated its resolve for peaceful polls by ensuring that its members adhere strictly to its code of conduct on violence-free polls.
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“It is timely therefore to urge the leadership of the APC to move beyond signing of the peace pact to genuinely taking practical steps to rein in members, especially, the horde of brigand thugs already on the loose in parts of the country, or be held responsible for any failure,” PDP said.
Its added that with the completion of the APC's campaign rallies in the South East and South South without slightest incidence of harassment or violence, the PDP had demonstrated its unflinching resolve for peaceful campaigns as well as ideological structure to plurality of opinions and electoral choice even in areas considered its most impregnable fortes.
“We hence advise the APC to take a cue and urgently forestall plans by miscreants acting in its name to disrupt PDP campaign rallies in some parts of the North. APC must withdraw its violent prone membership from the red line,” the party said.