Ambode, Agbaje sign US peace pact

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, and his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, on Monday, pledged to accept the outcome of the governorship election and to seek redress through constitutional means if dissatisfied with the outcome of the polls.

Agbaje and Ambode, who signed a peace pact during an electoral security roundtable convened by the United States Embassy in Lagos, reiterated their commitments to a non-violent governorship poll.

Ambode appealed to his supporters to remain calm despite the postponement of the elections, saying, “Whether the date of the election has been shifted, we know that the destiny of Nigerians cannot be shifted. I want to appeal to all Lagosians to remain calm in the midst of all these.

“I do hereby pledge on behalf of myself and my supporters to promote peaceful participation in the 2015 elections and beyond. I do further pledge to accept the outcome of the Lagos State elections, whatever it may be and to seek redress for any perceived injustice through legal and legitimate channels,” Ambode added.

Agbaje said, “We pledge that we will, before the elections, on the election day and after that, do nothing to make Lagos boil. It is our commitment to tell our supporters that the way forward for Lagos is to ensure violent-free polls.”

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, expressed the commitment of the US to non-violent polls in Nigeria and urged the candidates and their parties to abide by the peace pact.

“The greatest supporter of the US in this electioneering process is the Nigerian people and we are committed to seeing non-violent elections take place in Nigeria,” Entwistle said.

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