Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was absent at the signing of the peace accord for the 2023 elections.

The event, which was organised by the National Peace Committee, took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Thursday.

Abdulsalami Abubakar, chairman of NPC, said the accord was to promote peaceful electioneering.

Peter Obi, candidate of the Labour Party, (LP); Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Rabiu Kwankwaso, flagbearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP); and Omoyele Sowore, standard bearer of the African Action Congress (AAC), were present at the event.

Kashim Shettima, the APC vice-presidential candidate, was at the event to represent Tinubu.

The Independent National Electoral Commission on September 21, 2022, released the final list of candidates for national elections, namely presidential, senatorial and federal constituencies, in line with the 2023 elections timetable earlier released in the year.

INEC, which confirmed this in a statement by the National Commissioner in Charge of Voters’ Education, Festus Okoye, also posted the list on its website.

The list contained 36 presidential candidates and the running mates of 18 political parties. Also, a total of 4,223 candidates will battle for 469 legislative positions (senatorial and federal constituencies) at the federal level.