Atiku, Ezekwesili, Others Absent At Nigeria Presidential Candidates Commit To Peace

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Atiku, Ezekwesili, Others Absent At Nigeria Presidential Candidates Commit To Peace
Bishop of Sokoto, Hassan Matthew Kukah (left); National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole; President Muhammadu Buhari; former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar and ex-Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe during the signing of a peace accord by the presidential candidates of political parties for 2019 general elections in Abuja… yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA 

Atiku, Ezekwesili, Others Absent At Nigeria Presidential Candidates Commit To Peace

  • I wasn’t invited, Atiku insists
  • Forum still open for absentees, says Abdulsalami

Presidential candidates for next year’s polls yesterday signed a peace accord to be law-abiding before, during and after the exercise.

However, the candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was absent from the ceremony, which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Others who boycotted the event were Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Action Alliance’s Omoyele Sowore, Social Democratic Party (SDP) standard-bearer, Donald Duke and his Young Progressives Party (YPP) counterpart, Kingsley Moghalu.

Guests were informed that invitations were sent to all 73 candidates of the 91 registered political parties.

Also read: 2019 Election Will Be Tough, Brutal, Says Ezekwesili

Chairman of the National Peace Committee and former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), who harped on a peaceful and credible election come February, decried the prevailing insecurity in the country.

Abubakar pleaded that peace should override every other consideration, adding that a fair and credible election could not hold in an atmosphere of discord.

He particularly condemned recent remarks credited to some religious leaders, warning that the development would not augur well for the nation.

The erstwhile Nigerian leader appealed to all the contenders to play by the rule, just as he charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to discharge its responsibility creditably.

Gowon enjoined leaders to judiciously manage the resources of the nation to engender trust, “hope and unity devoid of any bloodshed.”

In their goodwill messages, ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mohammed Uwais, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, sued for peaceful elections and development of the country.

Head of EU delegation to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, pledged neutrality, urging Nigeria to repeat the feat of 2015.

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