There was drama at the venue of the signing of the Peace Accord by presidential candidates of various political parties that would be on the ballot in the forthcoming 2023 election.
The event which took place at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja on Thursday, September 29, was organised by the National Peace Committee and well attended by the presidential candidates from almost all the participating parties except Bola Tinubu of the APC.
However, trouble ensued at the event venue when the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, was given a seat behind Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno state and the vice presidential candidate of the APC.
Shettima was at the venue of the event to represent Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate in the 2023 election.
Angered by the decision of the organisers to allow Shettima, a vice-presidential candidate of APC to seat in the front row where presidential candidates were seated, Sowore launched a war of words on the former Borno state governor.
Obviously urged to maintain his peace by some participants of the event, Sowore said he will continue to push his position in the affairs of the country.
“That doesn’t mean that I will not keep saying or pushing my position, it’s the same position that I have with him sitting in front. I confronted him and asked why is he sitting here when Tinubu is not here.
“If I was sitting there, I will not stand up for him because Tinubu is the one who is supposed to be here not him. You cannot be running for Nigeria in absentia.”
At the Presidential “Peace Accord” signing in Abuja, I had to challenge Al-Mustapha Abacha henchman and Kashim Shettima who took the position of Presidential candidates because @officialABAT was no where to be found but organisers let him sit in front! pic.twitter.com/kNv4mzUG9S
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) September 29, 2022
In a tweet shared shortly after the incident, Sowore said:
“At the Presidential “Peace Accord” signing in Abuja, I had to challenge Al-Mustapha Abacha’s henchman and Kashim Shettima who took the position of presidential candidates because @officialABAT was nowhere to be found but organisers let him sit in front!”
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