Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Uche Secondus, the chairman of his party were conspicuously absent at a ceremony to sign a Peace Accord, ahead of the 2019 elections.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari attended the event and signed the accord at 4.27pm, along with Adams Oshiomhole, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress.
The event held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Some reports quoted Atiku’s media spokesperson as claiming that the PDP candidate was not aware of the event.
He was not only one present, according to Daily Trust. Other key presidential candidates that were absent include Mr. Donald Duke – Social Democratic Party, (SDP), Mr. Omoyele Sowore – African Action Congress (AAC) and Mrs. Obi Ezekwesili – Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
The Peace Accord, which was also signed by all presidential candidates before the 2015 election, is the brainchild of the former head of state, Abdusalami Abubakar.
The accord is an undertaking by all the presidential candidates to ensure peaceful and rancor-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.