Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former Head of State and Chairman of the National Peace Committee (NPC) has stated that any politician planning to contest the 2023 general elections must sign a peace accord. He said, “The pattern of public communication among political actors, their publicity agents, spokespersons, and media consultants have amplified the potential for personal attacks, insults, and incitement. “In view of this, there is a need to promote a culture of healthy issue-based campaigns and political communication. Consequently, the NPC has organized the signing of two Peace Accords for the 2023 general elections”.
According to him, the first Peace Accord would be signed by all political parties, presidential candidates, and their spokespersons on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The second Peace Accord would be signed shortly before the elections and “it is intended to commit candidates to accept the outcome of the votes as long as it is adjudged to be free, fair and credible”.
According to him, “The NPC calls on all Nigerians, politicians, political parties, security agencies, the election management body, Independent National Electoral Commission and all stakeholders to ensure that the country is placed above regional and sectional claims.
“The committee reminds all Nigerians that the 2023 general elections will be an opportunity to serve and defend Nigeria and to uphold her unity and progress. Nigerians should avoid the spread of fake news and uphold the principles of tolerance, respect, civility and decency in all public and private conversations and engagements about the elections and the progress of Nigeria”.