FRI, FEBRUARY 15 2019-theG&BJournal- On the eve of presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has commended Nigerians for a pre-election period that has been largely, peaceful and participatory.
He encouraged all Nigerians to continue to maintain calm and to exercise patience and restraint throughout the voting process and the announcement of the final results.
In a statement today, the special envoy said he welcomes the signing on 13 February of the Second National Peace Accord by Presidential candidates and urged them to mobilize their sympathizers and supporters to adhere to the tenets of free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections, devoid of hate and denigration of each other.
The Special Representative called on all Nigerians to firmly reject all undemocratic and negative voices that may seek to disrupt the elections and promote conflict between Nigerians and pleaded to Nigerians to come out in their numbers and cast their vote peacefully in exercise of their civic responsibility.
The Special Representative said that the success of the polls is the responsibility of all Nigerians and relevant Nigerian institutions, particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, political parties, candidates, religious leaders, civil society.
Ibn Chambas urged all candidates and party leaders to seek redress of any grievances they may have through legal and constitutional means.
While calling on the all stakeholders to prioritize the interest of the country, the Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel hopes that the successful conduct of peaceful, free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections will set another example for the elections coming up in West Africa and Africa, and underscore Nigeria’s leadership in the region.-Distributed by APO Group.