A group of 16 opposition parties in Ekiti State yesterday [Mar. 26] adopted the All Progressives Congress, APC’s candidate in tomorrow’s presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari. The parties, which said they were looking forward to the resounding victory of Buhari in the election, hinged their support for him on his ability “to break the yoke of insecurity and corruption in the country.”
At a press conference in Ado Ekiti yesterday [Mar. 26], the African Democratic Congress, ADC Chairman, Prince Tunji Ogunlola, said the parties “have thrown their weight behind General Buhari in the interest of all Nigerians to salvage, liberate and rebuild the country.”
The parties are MPPP, CPP, APA, SDP, UDP, AD, NCP, HDP, DPP, PPA, ADC, ACD, KOWA, ACPN, PDC and NNPP.
The parties lamented the spate of insecurity and corruption in the country since independence in 1960. They also appealed to all eligible voters “to actively participate peacefully to protect the sanctity of the electoral process devoid of rancour and acrimony since the election is a passing phase.”
The parties also “urged all Nigerians to conduct themselves peacefully to demonstrate the beauty of democracy across the nation. The media is hereby advised to be objective in their report so as not to overheat the polity.
“We call on all political parties to remember the peace accord signed during the stakeholders meeting recently and to discourage their followers from all form of thuggery and politics of bloodshed,” they stated. Ogunlola expressed confidence on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in its bid to conduct credible, free and fair elections.