President Goodluck Jonathan is currently meeting with Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), behind closed doors. The meeting, which started at exactly 9:10 am, is holding at the Sheraton hotels, Abuja. The meeting is coming just two days before the presidential and national assembly elections slated for March 28. Believed to be connected with the election, it was said to have been brokered by the national peace committee chaired by Abdulsalami Abubakar, who was also seen in attendance. Other personalities in attendance are John Onayeikan, the Roman Catholic cardinal archbishop of Abuja; Sa’ad Abubakar, the sultan of Sokoto; Mathew Kukah, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto; and John Oyegun, national chairman of APC. The outcome of the meeting between the two presidential candidates was the renewal of their commitment to peaceful elections. Both men also pledged to accept the outcome of a free, fair and credible election. The national peace committee, which brokered the meeting, was established after the signing of the Abuja Accord in January 14., with the main objective of ensuring compliance with the accord.
Election fever has gripped the entire country as many are becoming increasingly apprehensive of an prolonged crisis due to the outcome of the election on Saturday. The body language of each of the two major political parties, analysts say, has further heightened the fear a possible civil war if the outcome of the elections was not properly managed with the national interest placed above primordial considerations.