President Muhammadu Buhari has urged presidential candidates to accept the outcome of Saturday’s presidential poll after a winner has been announced.
He stated this at the National Peace Accord signing by contestants. The four leading candidates, namely Bola Tinubu (APC); Abubakar Atiku (PDP); Rabiu Kwakwanso (NNPP); and Peter Obi (LP) were at the event.
Buhari implores “the candidates contesting in these elections at all levels to respect the choice of voters and accept the results of the elections as announced by INEC, the agency empowered by law to do so.”
He equally encouraged “any aggrieved candidate” to adopt “the established judicial processes” and stated that Nigerians “must have the confidence to trust our legal systems.”
The ceremony also witnessed the attendance of former heads of state Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.); Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar; and the bishop of the Sokoto diocese Reverend Fr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, among others. Equally, international poll observers at the signing ceremony include former Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyetta, former Ghana’s president Thambo Mbeka, former Malawian president Joyce Banda.
Nigeria will on Saturday elect a successor to President Buhari among the candidates in the race. In preparation for the poll, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) began deployment of electoral materials on Wednesday.