Presidential candidate of Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP), ComradeAdemola Babatunde Abidemi, has said that he did not participate in Tuesday’s signing of a peace accord by presidential candidates in the country because itis not an holistic approach to our ‘‘problems.’’
Abidemi, who stated this in a press release made available to journalists on Wednesday, in Abuja, added that ‘‘there was the need to tackle our problems from the root and not recycling of such exercise.’’
He then urged organizers of the accord, the National Peace Committee, led by Nigeria’s former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), to focus more on ways to institutionalize free, fair and credible elections in the country.
According to him, “such approach will mitigate against electoral fraud which is a major recipe for violence during and after elections.’’
The presidential candidate, however, commended members of the committee for their efforts to make Nigeria a better place for all and sundry, adding that ‘‘they are people who know the country like the back of their palms. And, we expect more from them.’’
Commenting on the NCMP preparations for the upcoming 2019 polls, the presidential candidate who is also the National Chairman of the party said that ‘‘next year’s election has potential of deciding the faith of Nigeria for the next 40 years.’’
‘‘We are strengthening the capacity of our officials with a view to making them apply best practices and diligence in their representation of the party, especially in the areas of selling NCMP ideologies,’’ which he said was to ‘‘make our country great again.’’
In this vein, Comrade Abidemi, recalled that earlier a 2-day workshop was organized in Abuja for the party’s national and state officials.