The Presidential candidates of all political parties have signed a peace accord committing themselves to a peaceful campaign for the 2023 election, while the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC), Bola Tinubu was absent, and said to be in London
Penpushing reports that the accord was organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) and the event took place on Thursday in Abuja, where Tinubu, was represented by his running mate, Kashim Shettima, and national chairmen of all parties were not left out in the agreement
The candidates who signed the accord barely a day after campaigns opened for the presidential and National Assembly elections include: Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party, (LP) and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Penpushing further reports that, others were Omoyele Sowore of African Action Congress (ACC), Hamzat Al-Mustapha of Action Alliance (AA), Sunday Adenuga of Boot Party and the only female candidate in the race, Chichi Ojei of Allied People’s Movement (APM).
The signatories also include: Christoper Imumolen of the Accord Party (AP); Yabagi Sani of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Dumebi Kachikwu of African Democratic Congress (ADC), and Dan Nwanyanwu of the Zenith Labour Party(ZLP).
Penpushing reports that, the Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Yabagi Sani, who is also the candidate of (ADP) who spoke on behalf of the political parties, said the candidates are committed to peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.
The Chairman of National Peace Committee (NPC), who doubles as the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar(rtd), in his welcome remarks said the candidates must ensure civil and decent campaigns.
“I call on politicians to address issues that are fundamental to Nigerians. We want to promote respect and tolerance of difference. We want to ensure that there is civility and decency in public discourse,” he said.
“Therefore, on behalf of Nigerians, I am appealing to all political parties, party chairmen, candidates and their spokespersons, please, a campaign based on issues that are of significant concern to Nigerians. Please, avoid the spread of fake news and personal attacks. You must comply with the spirit of electoral laws’, Abubakar said.
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