On September 29, Prince Adewole Adebayo, a presidential contender for the Social Democratic Party, joined other hopefuls at the International Conference Center in Abuja, in signing the inaugural National Peace Accords, pledging his support for a nonviolent general election campaign in 2023.
The signing of the agreement was coordinated by the National Peace Committee. The peace agreement was signed for the first time yesterday, according to the NPC, and a second signing will take place in January 2023, right before the general elections.
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labor Party, Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Kashim Shettima of the All Progressive Congress, Christopher Irene Imumolen of the Accord Party, and Hamza Al-Mustapha of the Islamic Democratic Party also signed the agreement (Action Alliance).
The first agreement signed aims to bind political parties, candidates, and their spokespersons to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner without using rhetoric that incites violence and worsens the nation’s escalating security concerns. Additionally, it aims to encourage the use of issue-based campaigns in the run-up to the 2023 elections.