President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja for the signing of a peace accord by all the presidential candidates, gunning for election next February.
The ceremony is the brainchild of the National Peace Committee for the 2019 General Elections, headed by a former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
(Watch the video posted by Bashir Ahmad:
President @MBuhari arrives International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja for the National Peace Committee for the 2019 General Elections; a conference of all political parties and signing of Peace Accord by Presidential Candidates. pic.twitter.com/S14RQiREKZ
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) December 11, 2018
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.
The candidates are also expected to avoid hate speech, fake news or any act capable of causing socio-political unrest in the country.
The leadership of the affected political parties as well as the Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) are also expected to grace the event.
Other presidential candidates expected to sign the peace agreement include: Mr Donald Duke-Social Democratic Party (SDP); Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim- Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Mr Omoyele Sowore-African Action Congress (AAC) and Mrs Obi Ezekwesili- Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
Others are Dr Obadiah Mailafia-African Democratic Congress (ADC); Prof. Kingsley Moghalu – Young Progressive Party (YPP); Pastor Chris Okotie – Fresh Democratic Party (FDP) retired Major Hamza Al-Mustapha-Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).
Habib Gajo-Young Democratic Party (YDP); retired Maj- Gen. John Gbor – All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); Ali Soyode-YES Party and Dr Davidson Akhimien-Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN) are also expected to sign the Peace Accord
*This is a developing story. More to come