The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Mahamat Saleh Annadif, has asked the national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to show more commitments to a peaceful 2023 general elections.
The UN warned that if there is no peace in Nigeria the rest of Africa will feel it.
Speaking Monday during a visit to the APC national chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu represented by the party’s deputy national chairman (North), Sen. Abubakar Kyari, Mahamat Saleh Annadif who led an 8-member delegation said the UN will visit all other stakeholders to request for the same demand.
“We met this morning with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and we plan to meet with all the key actors in Nigeria with a very simple message.
“We will like to see the coming elections going peacefully and accepted in all parts of Nigerians. With the APC in power, you have a very important role to play. We will like to emphasize that the UN is with you and supporting you.
“As I like to say, when Nigeria sneezes, the entire region catches cold. So we like and hope that Nigeria stays in good health and be the locomotive for other regions and this is why we will expect the APC to support peaceful elections.”
Responding, Senator Adamu, who was represented by his deputy Sen. Abubakar Kyari, described the visit as auspicious.
The party assured the UN of its commitment to free, fair and credible elections.
“We wish to inform the SRSG that the APC is poised to go into the general elections in the country with commitment to observing the rule of law and intend to participate peacefully. Bring the ruling party and one with the largest number of registered members numbering 43 million people, the APC has every stake in the orderly and peaceful conduct of the elections across Nigeria.
“The APC assures the entire UN body through the SRSG that the APC is committed to the ideals of democratic governance and observance of rule of law in all its undertakings, and shall continue to apply them diligently while canvassing for votes and while it forms the next national government in 2023.”