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#POLITICS:Buhari Not Interested in Peace, Wants to Compromise Election—Ezekwesili Alleges

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Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, has x-rayed doubt over the willingness of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure peace in the 2019 elections in Nigeria .

The ACPN presidential candidate said this during a meeting with the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), which are fielding a Joint International Elections Observer Mission for peaceful conduct of elections.

The IRI and NDI delegates have been in Nigeria between since 14th and 20th, of this month, to meet with key stakeholders on the electoral process and assess the pre-election environment in order to put in place democratic platform for a hitch free election in Nigeria .

The delegation is led by former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield; Executive Vice President for the Middle East and Africa of Grainster LLC, Lewis Lucke; Regional Director for Africa at IRI, John Tomaszewski, and Kenya Resident Country Director at NDI, Dickson Omondi.These delegates met with the ACPN presidential candidate in Abuja before meeting with President Buhari in his presidential villa .

Mrs. Ezekwesili implored the delegation to caution the president against compromising the standard of the election. “My entry into the presidential race is to win and provide the long elusive good governance to Nigerians so that our country and its people will prosper, become stable and live in harmony,” Ezekwesili submitted .

The presidential aspirant said “I have raised the bar in making 2019 an issue/value-based campaign and forced the dominant parties to start focusing on same. My candidacy is mobilising the citizens into a movement of enlightened voters who can make informed choices in the elections. My candidacy is creating a political disruption of the old extant order of a political class who have always seen politics as a means to personal wealth instead of service to the country and people.

“With my foray in politics, a new order of politicians and politically conscious citizens are emerging on the scene. Young people and women are the segment of the voting population that are most excited about my candidacy and are volunteering and donating to our campaign.

“As a well-known protagonist for peace, I have signed the peace accord.

I did not attend the original event due to failure of communication, but went over to the secretariat to immediately sign the accord the next day when the peace committee reached out to me with apologies and accepted its failure to duly communicate the event to me for attendance.”

She added: “The delegation and the international community should join the Nigerian people to prevail on President Buhari to practice the peace accord with exemplary actions in order to build confidence in the process.

“The most crucial thing the President must do to build the confidence of all contestants and the Nigerian people is to sign the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018 into law. Should he fail to do so, we must encourage the National Assembly to override the president and enact the bill to an Act.”Mrs. Ezekwesili was optimistic that the election if allowed to run as it should she would emerge the first female president of Nigeria. 

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