Tuesday 7 February 2023

Plateau Gubernatorial Candidates Called to Accept Defeat Like Jonathan Good Luck

By: ReubenEgbah,

The Director Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies,at the University of Jos Prof. Danny McCain, has called on Plateau state Gubernatorial Candidates to embrace peace by accepting the results of the forthcoming general elections as former President Goodluck Jonathan did in 2015.

Prof. McCain stated this in a town hall meeting for Gubernatorial Candidates participating in the March 11, 2023, general elections in Plateau state organized by the University of Jos and Voice of America (VOA). The meeting held on Wednesday 1st February 2023 at the faculty of Social Sciences auditorium, Naraguta Campus University of Jos.

Prof. McCain sighted the case of president Jonathan Good Luck after the 2015 Presidential election where while in office as president accepted the results of INEC and congratulated President Muhammad Buhari as the winner.

“Only one of you will become the governor of Plateau State during this election. I pray that those who do not win will follow the outstanding tradition of your former President, Goodluck Jonathan and graciously accept the will of the people.

He said “The primary speakers today will be the candidates for governor. However, I want to help set the tone for this meeting by making three statements related to peace and elections.

* Peace is secured and maintained through an abundance of information.

*Democracy works best when there is mutual respect and compromise to accept the convictions of others.

*Democracy matures and peace is promoted when losing candidates demonstrate grace, dignity, and respect for the will of the people and the law of the land.

The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Tanko Ishaya in his keynote address also encouraged the candidates to take advantage of the presence of the University of Jos on the Plateau.At the end of the various speeches the candidates in an agreement signed a pledge to respect the rule of law and accept the outcome of the elections.

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