London – Barely 24 hours after he threatened to pull out of Abuja peace accord, the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Mohammadu Buhari has had a u-turn, saying he was irrevocably committed to the pact.
While he made the threat through his support group popularly called Buhari Support Organization, BSO, the refutation came from All Progressives Congress Campaign Office (APCCO).
It will be recalled that on January 10 this year, Buhari entered into a historic peace accord between him, President Goodluck Jonathan who is flying the flag of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP and 12 presidential candidates as a means to forestall violence before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.
In a statement released in London, United Kingdom on Thursday and signed by Malam Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign, Buhari was quoted to have said that Nigeria was bigger than any political party or any individual, and that the country’s greatness would outlive any election.
“Despite the series of provocations by the PDP, through hate speeches and adverts being broadcast in the media, we call on our supporters all around the country to remain calm but resolute,”he said.
The APC candidate also asked his supporters to ignore any distractions and remain focused on making the democratic process work, encouraging them to ensure that they collect their PVCs before the March 8 deadline.
The statement further emphasized that Nigeria was in a democracy, and that the greatest weapon each citizen has is his or her vote. He called on all his supporters across the country to go out en masse on 28 March and 11 April and cast their ballots.
“Your greatest weapon is your vote. That is the only way to bring about change not through violence,” Buhari said.