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Presidency 2023: Tinubu refuses to sign peace accord for elections



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The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is yet to sign the peace accord organised by the National Peace Committee led by former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar, including Bishop Mathew Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese, and other prominent Nigerians, for presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections.
Other presidential candidates, who include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter obi of the Labour Party (LP), Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), among others, have earlier signed the peace accord, promising to restrict their supporters from engaging in electoral violence. The presidential candidates, according to the NPC, are expected to sign a second accord, agreeing to accept the result of the presidential election in 2023.
On the day the presidential candidates were scheduled to sign the peace accord, Tinubu traveled out of the country, raising suspicion that he deliberately evaded the accord. Since he returned to Nigeria, he is yet to contact the peace committee to sign the peace accord already signed by other candidates.
Meanwhile, APC supporters in Kaduna and Borno states were identified to have attacked PDP supporters and members during the presidential campaigns in Kaduna and Maiduguri.
A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and member of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Osita Chidoka, expressing concerns, stated: “APC candidate, Governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu as of today has not signed the Peace Accord. This is clearly a red flag.
“I ask all media houses, and civil society to refuse further interaction with him until he signs the Peace Accord.
“Arrogant refusal to respect rules is now the hallmark of BAT.”

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