STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL PEACE COMMITTEE, NPC, AFTER AN INTERACTIVE MEETING WITH INEC AND LEADERS OF POLITICAL PARTIES, ON SEPTEMBER 25TH 2019
The National Peace Committee, NPC, under its Chairman, General Abdusalam Abubakar, GCFR, held two sets of meetings today to get some update on the state of affairs leading to the 2019 elections from key stakeholders. The first meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and the Service Chiefs. The second meeting was with the Leaders of the Political Parties.
The Chairman of INEC briefed the Members of the Committee on its current state of preparations for the upcoming elections. After extensive period of interactions, the Members of the Committee felt satisfied by the pace of work undertaken by the Commission. The NPC encouraged the Commission to leave no stone unturned to ensure that it conducts free, fair and credible elections in 2019 across the country.
Next, the NPC met with the leaders of the Political Parties in the country. In their interactions with the Members of the Committee, the Party leaders noted their appreciation of the work of the Committee. They identified their areas of concern with the processes and various organs saddled with the elections, and pleaded with the Committee to continue to liaise these organs, the federal and state governments to ensure a level playing field for all political parties. The Committee commended the leaders of the Parties and encouraged them to ensure internal democracy, fairness and equity within their parties so as to ensure that political contests do not deteriorate into violent engagements. They were asked to ensure that their Members played by the rules.
Finally, the Chairman of the NPC, General Abdusalam, formally presented the Report of the National Peace Committee, titled, 2015 General Elections: The Untold Story to the Party leaders, the Media and Members of the public. The Committee plans phased processes of engagement with key political actors, stake holders and the Nigerian public and pledged to work hard to ensure that our country receives a gift of free, fair and credible elections in 2019.
General Abdusalam A. Abubakar, GCFR,
Bishop Matthew Hassan KUKAH