President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, will lead other presidential candidates to sign a fresh accord to accept the outcome of the February 16 presidential election on Wednesday.
A copy of the accord, titled, ‘Renewal of our pledges to peaceful elections,’ noted that apart from Buhari and Atiku, 72 other presidential candidates are also expected to sign the pact.
Recall that on December 11, 2018, the candidates expressed their commitment to free, fair and credible elections. In the new accord to be signed on Wednesday, the candidates would pledge to accept the outcome of the presidential election.
Besides, they are also calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies to ensure strict adherence to their constitutional roles. It was not clear on Sunday if all the candidates would appear for the signing of the new accord.
Recall that the PDP had on February 6, threatened to opt out of the first accord, claiming that the APC and its members had allegedly breached the terms of the accord.
The former ruling party, through its spokesman, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, wondered why the Federal Government and the peace committee had refused to sanction the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, over his comments that were said to have threatened foreign nationals in the country.
Ologbondiyan said the PDP might not sign the national peace accord, if no action was immediately taken to curb the alleged trend.
Meanwhile, a former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, have been named as dignitaries that will witness the signing of the National Peace Accord.
It was gathered that the ex-US President would hold meetings with President Buhari and Atiku.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Head of the Secretariat of the National Peace Committee (The Kukah Centre), Fr. Atta Barkindo.Copyright PUNCH.