April 2, 2023

Abuja, Nigeria – The 18 presidential candidates Nigeria’s common election have signed a second peace accord within the capital, Abuja, in a bid to stop unrest surrounding the February 25 polls.

The pact is to make sure “the conduct of free, truthful, credible, clear and verifiable elections cognisant of the necessity to preserve a peaceable surroundings earlier than, throughout and after the 2023 common elections” and “to put nationwide curiosity above private and partisan issues”. .

An earlier settlement had been signed in September 2022, which former army head of state and retired common Abdulsalam Abubakar mentioned had been violated quite a few instances.

The Tuesday night signing, organized by the Nationwide Peace Committee and the Kukah Management Centre, an Abuja-based suppose tank, was within the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari and different African and worldwide leaders and diplomats.

Committee officers mentioned the accord was meant to bind political events, candidates and their supporters to resort to constitutional means if they’re dissatisfied with electoral outcomes.

Abubakar, the chairperson of the Nationwide Peace Committee, mentioned 44 p.c of the September accord’s violations “have been carried out by the spokespersons for political events, 26 p.c by get together members, 19 p.c by the presidential candidates themselves, 11 p.c by the hardcore supporters and 4 p.c by the chairmen of the events”.

“As a nation, we have to place a cease to all this,” he mentioned, with out offering additional particulars in regards to the incidents.

Saturday’s race to succeed Buhari is being keenly contested.

Among the many 18 candidates, 4 are typically accepted to be high contenders.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, former Lagos governor Bola Tinubufaces his former affiliate and Nigeria’s former vice chairman Atiku Abubakar of the principle opposition Individuals’s Democratic Occasion (PDP).

The Labor Occasion’s Peter Obi, has, nevertheless, emerged as a shock third candidate to problem a standard dichotomy in Nigeria’s political panorama. A fourth candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Individuals’s Occasion (NNPP), is seen as a wild card within the race.

Tuesday’s signing was held within the presence of home and worldwide stakeholders to observe for potential violence – a typical function in Nigerian elections.

Together with the presidential candidates, members of observer missions from the African Union, European Union and the Commonwealth, and different diplomats have been current on the signing.

Additionally current have been Thabo Mbeki, Joyce Banda, Uhuru Kenyatta, John Mahama and Ernest Bai Koroma, the previous presidents of South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, Ghana and Sierra Leone respectively who’re heading overseas observer missions.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, one other member of the committee additionally attended, as was Patricia Scott, secretary-general of the Commonwealth and a consultant of the United Nations secretary-general.

President Buhari urged all of the contestants to have the “confidence to belief our authorized techniques”.

“Let me remind all Nigerians not for the primary time that that is the one nation we’ve got and we should do every little thing to maintain it secure, united and peaceable,” he mentioned. “There needs to be no riots or acts of violence after the announcement of the election outcomes. All grievances, private or institutional, needs to be channeled to the related courts.

Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, mentioned election preparations have been effectively underneath manner with poll papers and different supplies being moved to polling items nationwide.

“By Friday we’ll activate the registration space facilities so that at the beginning mild on Saturday, polling items will open on time.”

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