Former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, chairman of the Peace Committee, made up of security Chiefs, party and religious leaders, told journalists yesterday during a press conference, reassured Nigerians that there will be no interim government, contrary to fears in some quarters.
He equally called on party leaders to call their followers to order, warning that the country cannot afford to entertain another violence after the elections.
His said, “We have been meeting to review where we stopped at the last meeting. We are aware that the election dates have been shifted. There have been a lot of rumours going around the country, whether there are plans to form an interim government.
“We have heard from the president that election will hold in March. He has also said that there are no plans to have an interim government. We are appealing to Nigerians to focus their minds on exercising their rights on election day.
“During the meeting here we were fortunate to have the chairman of APC and representative of the PDP chairman. We are appealing to our youths to ensure that they are not used as thugs during the elections.
“The committee like every Nigerian is not happy with the violence and what happened in Rivers state. We are following the issue. Even if I give you a guarantee that there will be peace, I cannot dictate what you will do when you leave here. Nigerians must ensure we maintain peace.”
The meeting was attended by PDP Deputy National Legal Adviser, Alhaji Bashir Maidugu, Presidential Adviser on Inter-party Affairs,Chief Ben Obi, the Chairman of Interparty Advisory Council,Dr Tanko Yunisa among other religion leaders.