The presidential candidate of the All-Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, was conspicuously absent from the signing of the peace pact ahead of the 2023 elections in Nigeria.
Tinubu who is currently out of the country was represented by his vice-presidential candidate, former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.
However, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Labour Party, Peter Obi; the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso were all physically present at the peace pact held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The National Peace Committee (NPC) is chaired by retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and the peace pact is organised to commit all political parties, presidential candidates and their spokespersons to peaceful political campaigns and rallies, devoid of violence, incitement and personal insults, but defined by issues at the very heart of national development and progress.
Abubakar appealed to the 18 political parties, their presidential candidates, and spokespersons to commit to issues-based campaigns, as fake news and misinformation are already creating a toxic environment that is capable of threatening the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.
Some members of the National Peace Committee at the programme include Bishop Hassan Kukah, John Onayeikan, John Momoh, Aliko Dangote, as well as Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar. The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, amongst others.