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Supplementary polls: Abdulsalami urges parties, candidates to accept outcome

A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retired), has called on all candidates as well political parties involved in this Saturday’s governorship supplementary election in Plateau state to accept the outcome of the polls when the results are announced for the sake of peace.
Abubakar spoke on Thursday in Jos at a town hall meeting organised for stakeholders by the National Peace Committee.
He said accepting the outcome of the poll by the two major parties will facilitate the much needed peace in the state even beyond the election.
Represented by Mr Duke Anoemuah, the former Head of state, who is  also the chairman of the National Peace Committee, said: “This meeting is a continuation of our earlier visit to six states in the country before the national assembly and presidential elections to strengthen mutual confidence among stakeholders and politicians and encourage peaceful resolution of all election related disputed with utmost regard to rule of law and due process.
“I am also reminding you that it is important for winners to endeavour to educate their followers and conduct themselves peacefully in the celebration of electoral victory.
In his remarks, the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, who was represented by Blaize Agwom, said that the National Peace Committee would continue to strengthen the peace process in the country and  called on Plateau residents to key into the peace project in the interest of development and progress in the state.
The stakeholders/dignitaries who spoke at the town hall meeting include the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Halilu Pai, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, religious and traditional leaders among others.
The supplementary election was rescheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after it declared the initial governorship election held on 9th of March inconclusive.
 It would be held in forty polling units spread across nine local government areas of the state.
Daily Trust reports that the two major contenders are Governor Simon Lalong of the APC and Senator Jeremiah T. Useni of the PDP.

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