The stated commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan, has been welcomed by the All Progressives Congress (APC). The president, in his New year message, called for a free and fair elections this year.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party expressed satisfaction that Goodluck and his party came out publicly to join APC in pledging commitment to have a successful and violence-free polls next month.
"In a statement we issued on Dec. 28th 2014, we assured Nigerians that we will do everything in our power to make the 2015 elections violence-free. Since then, PDP National Chairman Adamu Muazu and the President have joined us in making similar pledges. This is a welcome development that will gladden the hearts of our citizens who are very apprehensive about the forthcoming elections," it said.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, said that the best way to make the upcoming elections free and devoid of any forms of violence is for the Federal Government to ensure a level playing field for all the parties and allow INEC to do their job uninterrupted, not using the security agencies to cause distractions and deliberately disenfranchising all those who are qualified to vote.
"If an election is free, fair and transparent and seen to be so by all, it will be easy for all concerned to accept the outcome, and there will be no violence. Violence only occurs when there is a realization that the process has been skewed against some and in favor of others," the party said.
It restated its assurance to Nigerians and the international community that it will do all in its power to make sure that the 2015 general election is violence-free
"We also restate our stand that even with the little time left for the election to hold, a meeting of the leadership of the two main political parties, the APC and the PDP, will send a powerful message to our compatriots and indeed the international community and douse the tension that is building up ahead of the election," APC said.
The party wishes all Nigerians a Happy New Year, and urged them to be prepared to use their votes to install a government that will make their dreams come true and make Nigeria a proud member of the comity of nations.
APC called on the president to make good his words, to match the commitment with action.