By Ismaila Chafe
At Abuja under the auspices of the National Peace Committee (NPC)
“We the undersigned Presidential candidates of the underlisted political parties for the forthcoming elections in February 2019 have attended a one day conference in Abuja under the auspices of National Peace Committee (NPC).
In the course of the conference, we listened and discussed extensively on the need to ensure that we politicians create a favourable and conducive environment for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2019.
Furthermore, we discussed the theme of trust as a key ingredient in the conduct of our affairs. In the end we have resolved to adopt the same principles that guided the very successful 2015 elections and therefore commit ourselves to the following:
*To run issue-based campaigns at national, state and local government levels; In this we pledge to refrain from campaigns that will involve religious incitement ethnic or tribal profiling., both by ourselves and by all agents acting in our names;
*To refrain from making or causing to make in our names or that of our party, any public statements, pronouncements, declarations or speeches that have the capacity to incite any form of violence before, during and after the elections;.
*To commit themselves and political parties to the monitoring of the adherence to the accord by a National Peace Committee made up of respected statesmen and women, traditional and religious leaders;
*To support all the institutions of government including INEC and security agencies to act and be seen to act with impartiality
*To forcefully and publicly speak out against provocative utterances and oppose all acts of electoral violence, whether perpetrated by supporters and/or opponents.”