Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari today joined other presidential candidates to sign the Peace Accord at the National Peace Committee for the 2019 General Elections. a conference of all political parties, at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja.
The Peace Accord is an undertaking by all the presidential candidates to ensure peaceful and rancour free campaigns before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Donald Duke of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Kingsley Moghalu of Young Progressives Party (YPP), Oby Ezekwesili of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Omoyele Sowore of Action Alliance, were conspicuously absent at the ceremony.
Some of the commitments signed to by the candidates include:
To run issue-based campaigns at national, state and local government levels. In, this, we pledge to refrain from campaigns that will involve religious incitements, ethnic or tribal profiling, both by ourselves and by all agents in our names.
To refrain from making or causing to make in our names and that of our party, any public statements, pronouncements, declarations or speeches that have the capacity to incite any form of violence, before, during and after the elections;
To commit ourselves and political parties to the monitoring of the adherence to this Accord by a National Peace Committee made up of respected statesmen and women, traditional and religious leaders
To support all institutions of government including INEC and the security agencies to act and be seen to act with impartially.
To forcefully and publicly speak out against provocative utterances a d oppose all acts of electoral violence whether perpetrated by our supporters and/or opponents.
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