Buhari Defends Insistence on Credible Election in Edo

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Buhari Defends Insistence on Credible Election in Edo
Nwolu Obiajulu

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his resolve to ensure credible election in the recently conducted Edo State governorship poll was borne out of desire to assure Nigerians that he respects them as Nigerians and that he was bound by the oath he took.

Buhari disclosed this when Governor Obaseki along with his Deputy, Philip Shuaibu, and other party faithful to the Presidential Villa on a thank you visit.

He said, “I thank you for bringing your deputy and supporters to come and see me after beating my party.

“I am supposed to preside over all Nigerians’ interests, whether I like it or not, but my single desire is to make sure that innocent people don’t suffer. That message I got across to the Inspector General of Police, that elections must be free and fair.

“What I insist is, nobody should go and raise a counter-force to the government, arm heavily-drugged thugs to go and humiliate people.

According to the President, “I want Nigerians to appreciate that I respect them as Nigerians and that I am bound by the oath I have taken, that their security is in the hands of God and in the hands of the government, which I am leading.”

Buhari stated that despite his position as the leader of the ruling party, he cares more about leaving a political culture based on integrity, adding: “I am trying to make sure that the party is built on a civilised basis, rule of law and respect for human rights and human beings, right from polling units to local governments to states up to Abuja, and that is what I have been insisting as my contribution to the National Working Committee (NWC) and executive of the party.

“I know we are a developing country, a developing economy and trying to develop our political culture. I want the development of political culture to be based on integrity and accountability. Let people work very hard and earn what they are looking for through their hardwork and fair competition.”

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