The President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in his pre-recorded goodwill message played at the event, advised political parties and their candidates to play their part in making the 2023 general elections violent-free.
While receiving members of the committee led by a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), later at the Presidential Villa, Buhari attributed the peaceful conduct of the 2015 election to the peace pact he signed with former President Goodluck Jonathan.
National chairmen of 18 political parties and their presidential candidates, on Thursday, signed a peace accord, committing themselves to peaceful campaigns ahead of the 2023 elections.
The event, which was an initiative of the National Peace Committee, was held in Abuja.
The presidential candidates present at the event included Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party; his Labour Party and Social Democratic Party counterparts, Peter Obi and Adewole Adebayo; Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retd.) of the Action Alliance; and Justice Peter Umeadi of the All Progressive Grand Alliance.
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, was, however absent at the event.
His running mate, Kashim Shettima; and the party’s national chairman, Senator Adamu Abdullahi, however, signed the agreement.