The Presidential Candidate of the People Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar was not present to sign the peace accord for the 2019 general election.
The Peace Accord was organised to ensure the peaceful and rancour-free campaigns before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
The peace accord committee which was headed by the former Head of State retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar. The aims and objectives of the peace accord are:
- To ensure peaceful and rancour-free campaigns before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
- To avoid hate speech, fake news or any act capable of causing socio-political unrest in the country. Among other things.
All the presidential candidates are to sign the undertaking to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the peace accord.
However, the leading opposition party and candidate of the People Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar boycotted the event and was unable to sign the peace accord.
The PDP has claimed that the organiser did not invite the party for the event but the committee chairman has debunked the claim.
Speaking to the newsmen shortly after the event, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar said that all the presidential candidates are duly invited. those who refused to show up do so for the reason best known to them.
The event was attended by the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as over 68 other presidential candidates.
Other dignitaries at the event included former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who presented a keynote address and Head of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria, Ambassador Ketil Karlsen.