Presidential candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu, Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Rabiu Kwankwaso and African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore on Wednesday signed a peace accord at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The event, which was the second in the series, was organised by the National Peace Committee headed by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar in conjunction with the Kukah Centre.
Some of the frontrunners in Saturday’s presidential election shared pictures and videos of themselves signing the accord.
“I am happy to join presidential candidates from other political parties to sign the Peace Accord. This was at the instance of the National Peace Committee in the presence of world leaders and friends of Nigeria.
“As a longstanding democrat, I am committed to peaceful elections anchored on the rights of Nigerians to elect their leaders without let or hindrance,” former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said in a message on Twitter.
APC’s Tinubu also expressed commitment to the principles of the accord.
“Today I participated in the signing of the Peace Accord for presidential candidates.
“As a lifelong democrat who took part in the NADECO movement, my commitment to free, fair, credible and non-violent elections is absolute,” the former governor of Lagos State said in a message on Twitter.
In his own message, former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State wrote “I just signed the second Peace Accord at the ICC along with the LP National Chairman Barr Julius Abure. Other candidates signed too. Let peace reign.”
Also present at the signing of the peace accord were President Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State Yakubu Gowon, Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar, INEC chairman Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu and Inspector General of Police Usman Baba,
International election observers present included former President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya leading the African Union Observation Mission, former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa leading the Commonwealth Observer group and former President Joyce Banda of Malawi.