Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Publisher and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, on Thursday questioned the signing of a peace pact ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
In an interview on Arise TV Morning Show, Sowore noted that the peace pact signifies that the country is at war.
The publisher of Sahara Reporters said he was not against the peace accord, adding that he would sign it to show the people that he wants peace.
The signing of the National Peace Accord is being held at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.
Top contenders for the presidential election have gathered for it.
Speaking on the peace pact, Sowore said, “I don’t know why we’re signing this peace accord when we are not at war. This signifies that Nigeria is at war. Elections are a war in this country.
“For the sake of symbolism of this, I will show up there, and sign whatever they want so that the people can understand that I subscribe to peace during the election and after the election,” he added.
National chairmen of the 18 registered political parties, including the Abdullahi Adamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party Iyiorchia Ayu, have gathered at the venue of the signing.
Among the presidential candidates at the signing of the National Peace Accord include; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar, Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso and the Action Alliance (AA) candidate, Omoleye Sowore. The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was absent. He was represented by his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
The National Peace Committee is headed by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.
The initiative was conceived in 2014 in response to emerging threats occasioned by the 2015 general elections.