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Obi, Tinubu, Atiku, others sign peace accord


The 18 candidates participating in Nigeria’s presidential election on Wednesday signed the second Peace Accord to be of good behaviour during the poll.

President Muhammadu Buhari was present at the event along with members of the National Peace Committee. There were also former Heads of State, General Yakubu Gowon and General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Some of the leading candidates in attendance were presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Peter Obi; the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu; the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore; and the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, among others.

This signing is the second and last to be signed by the candidates and is to enlist their commitment to a peaceful conduct of the 2023 presidential election.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in his address, reiterated his commitment to allowing the rule of law to take its course.

The President called on those saddled with the responsibility of conducting the election to allow the electorate to chose who governs them.

Some of the peace committee members present included Bishop Matthew Kukah, and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III.

Other attendees were the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, and former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, who leads the Commonwealth Election Observer Group to Nigeria.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) restated its commitment to conducting the elections as scheduled.

The INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, also assured Nigerians of a transparent exercise.

Also, former President, Goodluck Jonathan, whose speech was read by Bishop Matthew Kukah, appealed to the candidates to play by the rule of the game.

He said this was aimed at mitigating disinformation, and misinformation during the election and in the time of the social media era.

Jonathan emphasised that election is not war as the country needed a stable democracy, saying that the world is looking at Nigeria to do the right thing on Saturday.


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