Ex-President Jonathan, Atiku Abubakar, Saraki and Secondus at a recent campaign rally
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has expressed disappointment at the inability of ex-President of the United States, Bill Clinton to visit Nigeria to help the candidates commit further to a peaceful conduct of the coming polls and restated his commitment to a peaceful conduct of the election.
He said he understood the reasons given by President Clinton, “coming especially after the unfortunate “body bag” comment emanating from the All Progressives Congress,” Atiku said in a statement bu his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe.
“Be that as it may, Atiku Abubakar wishes to reaffirm to Nigerians and the world, his commitment to peace and democracy and urges all contestants and parties involved in the 2019 Nigerian elections to publicly do the same.
“Atiku Abubakar urges all Nigerians to peacefully troop out in their numbers to vote according to their conscience and dictates. A large voter turnout makes it even more difficult, and perhaps impossible to rig elections.
“Atiku Abubakar also notes the harassment of friends of Nigeria by the Buhari administration and its agents and privies, who have taken to releasing and uttering statements threatening diplomats and election observers.
“We wish to make known to these individuals the fact that Nigeria has long-standing friends and it will be myopic to burn those bridges on the altar of desperation.
“Finally, we urge President Muhammadu Buhari to place the interest of Nigeria above partisanship and call these antagonists to order,” the statement concluded.