Trouble for 2023 Candidates as Former Military Head of State Issues Warning to Peter Obi, Tinubu, Others
- All presidential candidates seeking to contest the 2023 polls have been urged to caution their spokespersons
- This call to the presidential candidates was made by the National Peace Committee led by General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Rev. Fr. Matthew Kukah
- According to the NPC, it is important that the candidates and those who speak on their behalf take the peace accord signed ahead of the 2023 election to heart
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A former military head of state, Abdulsalmi Abubakar, on Monday, November 14, called on all 2023 presidential candidates to caution those who speak on their behalf.
Abdulsalami made the call through the National Peace Committee (NPC) over the rising tension and attacks by politicians and their spokespersons ahead of the 2023 general election.
Daily Trust reports that Abdulsalami, the NPC's convener in a joint statement with Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah and the head of NPC's secretariat, Fr. Atta Barkindo said the committee has watched with sadness the deterioration of issue-based campaign among politicians since September 28.
The NPC noted that since the Independent National Electoral Commission lifted the ban on campaigns, hurling of unprintable words by politicians' spokespersons has become the order of the day.
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The statement read in parts:
“We call on all the candidates to rein in their spokespersons and those who claim to represent them and their parties in the public media. All candidates will be held responsible for what is said on their behalf or of their party.
“Aggressive and abusive language only diminishes the integrity of the individuals, their candidates and their parties. Nigerians should be ready to punish instigators of violence by isolating them or their candidates."
Presidential candidates cannot continue to pretend
It added that the political actors cannot pretend to be oblivious to the content of the peace accord that they signed with the NPC.
It said that Nigerians also expect that as men and women of honour, the candidates were committed to keeping their word even after signing the peace accord.
Tension hits Obidients' camp as child activist drags Peter Obi, Labour Party to court
The 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has been dragged to court over the involvement of an underage girl-child in his political campaign in Lagos state.
A child rights activist, Wale Ojo-Lanre filed a suit against Obi's use of a little Chioma Success as a poster girl for his 2023 presidential campaign as illegal, misleading, unlawful, exploitative and abusive.
Ojo-Lanre also demanded N50 million as damages against the first, second and third respondents for the violation of the Child Rights of the underage girl-child.
Rowdy session as Nigerians protest Okowa’s representation of Atiku at presidential debate, video emerges
Meanwhile, five presidential candidates contesting for Nigeria's number one political seat were at a debate on Arise Television.
The presidential debate had in attendance Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, and Kola Abiola of the Peoples Redemption Party.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa represented Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party while Bola Tinubu was completely absent at the event.