Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, on Friday, commended presidential candidates of the 18 political parties, who contested the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, for adhering to the principles of the signed National Peace Accord.
Speaking in a live interview on Arise Television on Friday, Rev. Father Kukah noted that the candidates conducted themselves in a manner that brought respect to Nigeria’s politics and the political processes, which must be commended.
According to him, “as a convener of the National Peace Committee, we watched diligently to see that the principles enunciated in the signing of the Peace Accord are implemented.”
Kukah, while commending the key political actors said: “On balance, Nigerians must agree that the presidential candidates did conduct themselves in a manner and in a way that brought a lot of respect to politics and the political processes.”
He said the politicians deserved the commendation because “we didn’t experience the usual recriminations and so on and so forth.” it should be recalled that candidates of both the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party, Peter Obi, in separate press conferences on Thursday, refused to concede defeat, stating that they would head to the courts to challenge the results of the Presidential election, where the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, emerged winner and has been presented a certificate of return as President-elect.