Why I didn’t attend peace accord meeting – Atiku




The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said that he did not attend a peace accord-signing meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday because he was not formally invited.

The programme, organised by the National Peace Committee, was targeted at ensuring peace reign during the 2019 elections.

Also absent at the event held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, were former Governor 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 African Action Congress (AAC), were among the presidential candidates absent.

President Mohammadu Buhari was present.

While the National Peace Committee said invitation was sent to all 73 presidential candidates contesting the 2019 elections, Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesman, indicated otherwise.

TheCable quoted Ibe as saying, “His Excellency did not get any invitation for the programme. I have spoken with him and I can confirm he wasn’t invited.”

Some of the issues agreed on are:

  • 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 perpetuated by our supporters and/or opponents.



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