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Group Cautions Atiku on Inflammatory Statements

 civil society group, Citizens for Change and Advancement, has appealed to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar against making further comments capable of jeopardizing the peaceful conduct of the presidential elections or heat up the polity.

In a statement released on Wednesday, National Coordinator of the group, Maxwell Abaji noted that the PDP candidate who is a former vice president should be more perceptive about comments made close to election day.

The PDP flagbearer had accused President Muhammadu Buhari of igniting violence while talking to party faithful in Zamfara recently.

But the CCA leader bemoaned such expression, stating that nothing of such comments was made by the Nigerian leader as such, opposition supporters should not be lured into fighting unreal battle that could undermine the electoral process.

“We advice the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alh. Atiku Abubakar, someone who once served the nation at the level of the vice president of this great country to desist from comments that can subtly induce his supporters to pick up arms to destabilize the ongoing electoral process.

“With the gains already made towards reducing noted ills in the nature of violence and voter inducement, it is unacceptable for any candidate almost on the eve of elections to charge unsuspecting electorate to adopt violence as a settlement option,” Abaji stressed.

He noted that the crowd at the PDP Kano rally seemed to have enhanced the optimism of the opposition candidate to win the election, he cautioned that the outcome of the exercise should be awaited before dishing out presidential orders.

The former vice president is therefore admonished to stop conducting himself as if he had already won the election.

The CCA leader charged eligible voters to conduct themselves peacefully before, during and after the elections, saying only through such restraint could the nation’s democracy be safeguarded.

He similarly called on the political actors, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies as well as other stakeholders to conduct themselves creditably so that the results from the exercises could be mutually acceptable to all and serve as a means to deepen democracy.

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