By Our Political Correspondent
Finally, on Friday, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) signed the peace accord meant to promote peaceful elections in the country.
In a post on its Twitter handle, the APC said the party candidate was at the signing of the second National Peace Accord in Abuja on Friday.
“Our great party was well represented at the signing of the 2nd National Peace Accord by Presidential Candidates and Party National Chairmen ahead of the 2023 General Elections, organized by the National Peace Committee, in Abuja,” APC wrote on its Twitter handle.
It would be recalled that Global Financial Digest on January 10 reported that Tinubu was yet to sign the so-called Peace Accord aimed at encouraging the peaceful conduct of the next month’s election.
The APC candidate was absent at the ceremony where other presidential candidates signed the accord last year, but APC was represented by the chairman of the party, Adamu Abdullahi, while the space meant for the signature of Tinubu remains unsigned.
Today’s ceremony may have provided Tinubu the opportunity to be part of the peace accord initiative.
However, it appears that the candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar was not at Friday’s event but was represented by his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa and the party chairman Iyorcha Ayu.
The media aide of APC candidate, Tunde Rahman in response to why Tinubu failed to sign the peace accord last year, said that his principal was away from the country on the day the Peace Accord was signed.
He said his absence was duly communicated to the committee and that the national chairman of APC, Adamu was empowered to sign for Tinubu.
“When the peace accord was signed, Asiwaju was not in the country and the APC chairman and vice presidential candidate attended and the party chairman signed on behalf of Tinubu.
“There was no information that he was expected to come and sign again when he returned to the country.”
“There was an issue about whether a VP should stand for the presidential candidate or not, but it was decided that the chairman or any officer of the party can attend and sign the peace document.”
The NPC is co-led by former military Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar II, John Onayeikan, Hassan Kukah, and other distinguished statesmen, with the goal of promoting free, fair, and credible elections in Nigeria