The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday commended its presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) for signing a pact on non-violence ahead of the general election, saying this was in line with the irrevocable commitment of the ruling party to peace and progress of the nation at all times.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said the party had already in the last one week of campaigns, demonstrated its resolve to peaceful polls by ensuring that its members adhere strictly to its code of conduct on violence free polls.
“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.
According to the PDP, “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 has emphatically demonstrated its unflinching resolve for peaceful campaigns as well as ideological stricture 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 statement concluded.