Lagos Gubernatorial Candidates Sign US-Brokered Peace Pledge (February 10, 2015)

IMG_0309The two leading Lagos Gubernatorial Candidates in the forthcoming general elections, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, of the All Progressives Congress, and his Peoples Democratic Party counterpart, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, on Monday pledged to pursue a violence-free electioneering.

While signing the peace pledge at an Electoral Security Roundtable convened by the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James F. Entwistle, Agbaje and Ambode promised, on behalf of themselves and their supporters, to promote peaceful participation in the election and beyond.

They also promised to accept the outcome of the gubernatorial election whatever it may be and seek redress for any perceived injustice through legal and legitimate channels.

In his remarks, Ambassador Entwistle emphasized the commitment of the US Government in supporting Nigeria in its conduct of non-violent elections.

Apart from Agbaje and Ambode, others who signed the pledge as witnesses included:

US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle

Catholic Arch-Bishop of Lagos, Arch-Bishop Adewale Martins

National Missioner of Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Imam Abdulrahman Ahmad

Senior Pastor and Prelate, House on the Rock, Pastor Paul Adefarasin

National Missioner of Faith-ul-Qareeb Islamic Society, Sheikh Abdurrahman Adangba.

US Consul General, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, also delivered remarks at the event where he encouraged both candidates to abide by the peace pledge.