Go to polls peacefully, APC urges electorate

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Lagos- The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday urged Nigerians to go to the polls on Saturday “peacefully, but resolutely’’.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary of the party, spoke at a media briefing in Lagos, three days to the presidential election in the country.

Mohammed also called on all members and supporters of the party to be peaceful before, during and after the elections.

“We say no to violence of any kind, and we are supremely confident that in the end, the will of the people will prevail,’’ he said.

The APC spokesperson urged voters to stay behind to defend their votes as the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, had said it was not unlawful to wait to watch and ensure that their votes are counted.

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“We are therefore urging the electorate to make sure they stay behind to protect their votes after casting their ballots, as was the case in 2011.

“We will like to use this opportunity to thank Nigerians for their immense support for our party since the electioneering campaign started.

“ We thank them for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner, despite the provocations,’’ he said.

The APC spokesman, however, urged the people to be vigilant in the days ahead.

Mohammed again raised alarm that the party had uncovered a plot to arrest some of its leaders ahead of the election.

He, however, said that the state of youth unemployment, insecurity, state of infrastructure, among others were issues that would shape the elections.

Mohammed condemned an alleged declaration by Dr Fredrick Fasheun of the OPC that he would deploy his members to every polling unit across the country to monitor the presidential elections. (NAN)