The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
Speaking at the signing of the national peace accord ahead of Saturday’s presidential election, the former vice president called on security agencies not to arrest opposition leaders 24 to 48 hours before the election.
He appreciated his party and former head of state, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar and members of the Peace Committee for their tireless enthusiasm and dedication towards the success of this Peace Accord Process.
He said, “Our gathering here today clearly demonstrates the importance of the upcoming elections as well as how our democracy has matured, not only to our people, but also to the international community whose solidarity, Nigeria’s democracy has benefited from.
“As we prepare to sign off on this Peace Accord, as representatives of our party and people, may I freely quote the words of former President Goodluck Jonathan, which remains a benchmark, for me, taking into account the deep feelings that prevail as February 16th, 2019, approaches: ‘My ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian’.”
Atiku called on officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission to remain neutral.
“For emphasis and in the spirit of fair play, I also urge our security agencies, not to embark on indiscriminate arrests of members of the opposition, 24 to 48 hours before elections, as has been the case in previous elections.
“Hopefully, our democracy should emerge stronger from this process with the 2019 elections proving better managed than the 2015 process, which was adjudged free and fair with the then opposition’s victory unobstructed
“Consequently, I also appeal to the President, General Buhari, to use his good office to ensure that every eligible person who casts their vote is confident in the process and in the belief that their vote will count.”
Atiku added that every candidate must remember that the poll is about the future of Nigeria, therefore, they must abide by the will of the people.