Ahead of the announcement of the Presidential elections result by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), some prominent Nigerians have appealed to politicians and their supporters to accept the outcome of the elections in good faith for national peace.
In an interview with Channels Television, the Director of the National Interfaith Prayer Centre in Abuja, Leonard Bature, said that the election was peaceful and asked politicians to accept the results in good faith.
“My advice is that Nigerians should be patient and wait for INEC to make a final announcement. Whatever the outcome, we in the interfaith community believe that only God gives power.”
Mr. Bature also urged Nigerian youths not to allow politicians use them for violence after the results are announced.
“These politicians, their children are in London, America and Germany. They will not bring their children to come and fight but they will use our youths. Nigerian youths, don’t allow yourself to be used,” he warned.
The Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council, Mr Yunusa Tanko, also commended the patriotism of voters during the polls as he believes that the election was peaceful.
“At this rate Nigerians have shown that they are not interested in violence. All they want is for their votes to count,” he said.
Mr Tanko was, however, dissatisfied with the performance of the card readers during the Saturday polls.
INEC is yet to announce the results of the elections as collations and counting is still ongoing across the country.
The Chairman of the Abuja Accord of January 14, 2015, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has urged presidential candidates for the elections on Saturday to make conscious efforts to observe the agreement of the accord.
In a statement made available to journalists, Chief Anyaoku observed that despite the agreement, election campaigns have been characterized by hate speeches and violence in some areas.
While he commended security agencies for helping to keep the incidents minimal, Chief Anyaoku stated that the real test of the accord would be during the elections and the days after.
Mr Anyaoku, in the statement, pleaded with political leaders to be more actively engaged in advocating non-violence to their supporters.
He also encouraged everyone to work towards maintaining a positive image for the country as all eyes of the international community are on Nigeria to conduct free, fair and peaceful elections.
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is optimistic that the party would emerge victorious in Saturday’s presidential elections.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Olisa Metuh, told a news conference in Abuja that the PDP has mobilized enough grassroots support to guarantee the party’s victory at the weekend.
In what appeared to be a renewed optimism ahead of the Saturday polls, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling PDP, Olisah Metuh told journalists that his party would win the polls.
Mr Metuh based his convictions on the support and feedback he says the party has received from supporters during their campaigns.
While responding to questions from journalists on the party’s stand on whether voters should wait to defend their votes after voting, the PDP Spokesman said that supporters of the party should abide by the electoral provisions.
Meanwhile, at a separate news conference, Spokesman for the party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, expressed concern over an alleged compromise in the security features of the card reader device to be used for the elections.
Although the optimism for victory was the same with Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, as he was also confident that the President would be reelected at the polls, he warned that the alleged compromise in the card readers could affect the elections if not addressed.
28 political parties are expected to participate in the general elections that will commence on Saturday March 28 with the Presidential, House of Representatives and the Senate.