September 27, 2022

Rev. Fr (Dr) Atta Barkindo, Director, Kukah Centre; Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State and Chairman, National Peace Committee; Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria and Prince Uche Secondus National Chairman of PDP at the signing of the 2019 Elections Peace Accord at the Kukah Centre in Abuja on Wednesday.

The National Peace Committee has invited presidential candidates, their parties and spokespersons to sign a peace agreement ahead of the 2023 general elections to ensure that their campaigns are issue-based and peaceful.

The invitation was handed to the contestants, their parties and spokespersons through a letter on Thursday in Abuja.

The letter indicated that the agreement would be the first cycle to be held on September 29, 2022 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Chairman of the committee Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), who signed the invitation letter stated that the peace agreement will be signed twice before the general elections.

The letter stated, “the first accord signing is intended to commit political parties, candidates and their spokespersons to conduct their campaigns both online and offline in a peaceful manner, devoid of ethnic, religious and hateful rhetoric that will incite violence and further aggravate the growing tension in the nation.

“The second peace agreement will hold in January, 2023.

“These interventions are to complement ongoing peace initiatives aimed at promoting a violence-free and inclusive electioneering process before, during and after the declaration of the final election results.”

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