Prince Adebayo Adewole, the Social Democratic Party’s Presidential candidate in the upcoming 2023 election, has urged Nigerians and political parties to keep the peace during and after the elections.
He explained that what must be done differently this time is to understand the journey of peace, which entails always telling the truth, even when it is unfavorable.
This call was made by Prince Adebayo on Tuesday at the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Foundation 2022 Peace Conference at the NAF Conference Centre in Abuja, with the theme: Nation Building; The Role of Election in a Multi-Ethnic Context Background.
He said, “The reason why we are celebrating President Jonathan for many other reasons is that, in the search for peace, he made sacrifice. If we take that peace which he donated but if we refuse to do justice, the next person may not do it.
“What we need to do therefore is to do justice. This election will come and go in the same ritual of fear and war and rumors of war.
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“I think we must go as a nation beyond just saying the target we set for ourselves is peaceful election, which is too much of a low bar. What happens the day after the election?”
The SDP presidential candidate added that the 2023 elections should be a rallying point for Nigerians to elect new leaders capable of moving the country forward.
Sen. Ugochukwu Uba, Mulikat Adeola, Pst Ade Alabi, Hon. Richard Oriri, and Chief Godwin Osigbeme accompanied Prince Adewole Adebayo.
Other presidential candidates invited to speak at the event included PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, APC presidential candidate Bola Asiwaju Tinubu, and Labour Party presidential candidate Mr Peter Obi.
The event gave various stakeholders the opportunity to examine how the Nigerian democratic space has evolved over time, discuss trends and threats to inclusive and peaceful elections, and canvass strategies for nation building that will consolidate Nigeria’s 23 years of democracy and sustain a culture of peaceful elections.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Chairman, West African Elders Forum, ECOWAS Council of the wise, Patience Jonathan, former First Lady of Nigeria, Ms. Ann Iyonu Mpi, Executive Director, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, Douye Diri, Governor, Bayelsa State, and others were among those in attendance.