What Atiku Said During Peace Accord Signing With Buhari
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

The two front-runners for Saturday’s Presidential elections, President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar and other seventy-one candidates have signed a second peace accord.

The presidential candidates signed the agreement on Wednesday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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Concise News reports that those who witnessed the signing included the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland; former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd); Bishop Mathew Kukah, as well as other members of the National Peace Committee (NPC).

Addressing the gathering shortly after the arrival of the guests, Abubakar who is also the Chairman of the NPC urged political parties to function as effective actors for peace before, during, and after the elections.

He also called on them to adopt a code of conduct that would promote a peaceful process devoid of rigging.

The former Head of State asked the candidates to use the remaining days left to speak directly to voters and supporters, pleading with them to avoid violence.

According to him, the importance of this is to ensure that there will be no need for Nigeria to invite foreign observers in the future.

In his address, following signings by more than 70 presidential candidates, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku, quoted former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that his ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

He, however, urged the electoral umpire to be fair arbiters for neutrality to prevail.

Atiku equally asked security agencies not to embark on indiscriminate arrests of key officials, days or hours before the elections, saying that was the case in some bye-elections.

He also urged the President to do everything within his power to ensure that the vote of every eligible person counts.

Similarly, the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus and the Director-General of PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Bukola Saraki, were among other party leaders that accompanied Atiku to the event.