The All Progressives Congress Campaign Office has restated candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the historic peace accord jointly entered into between him and President Goodluck Jonathan as a means to forestall violence during and after the forthcoming general elections.
In a statement released in London, United Kingdom on Thursday and signed by Garba Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign, Mr. Buhari is quoted to have said that Nigeria is 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,” Mr. Buhari said.
Mr. Buhari 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 fixed by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The statement further emphasised 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 March 28 and April 11 to cast their ballots.
“Your greatest weapon is your vote,” he said. “That is the only way to bring about change, not through violence.”