The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Atiku Abubakar, signed a peace accord in Abuja on Wednesday.
Among those present were Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso, African Action Congress (AAC) candidate Omoyele Sowore, and Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) candidate Kola Abiola.
The event was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Head of State Yakubu Gowon, and members of the National Peace Committee led by its chairman, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.
By signing the peace treaty, the presidential candidates agreed to accept the outcome of the election.
If they are dissatisfied with any aspect of the process, they should use constitutional means to address their concerns through the courts.
Jonathan, who was represented at the meeting by the Bishop of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Matthew Kukah, stated that the peace treaty is necessary to deter candidates and their supporters from using negative tactics to influence the election.
“This (peace accord) is aimed at mitigating disinformation and misinformation during the election and in the social media era,” he said.
“There is no other time than now given the considerable tension in the country as a result of the election. The election is not a battle. The country requires a stable democracy, and the rest of the world looks to us to ensure that our leadership recruitment process is successful.”
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