President Muhammadu Buhari says his single need is to guarantee that harmless Nigerians don’t endure no matter celebration affiliation.
He made the remarks on Friday when Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State led his Deputy, Philip Shuaibu and different celebration supporters to the State Home on a thank-you-visit.
“I thanks for bringing your Deputy and supporters to return and see me after beating my celebration. I’m purported to preside over all Nigerian pursuits whether or not I prefer it or not, however my single need is to guarantee that harmless folks don’t endure. That message I acquired throughout to the Inspector Common of Police, that elections should be free and honest.”
Based on the President, “If contestants have an excessive amount of cash and so they resolve to spray, so be it. However what I insist is, no person ought to go and lift a counterforce to the federal government, arm heavily-drugged thugs to go and humiliate folks.”
“I need Nigerians to understand that I respect them as Nigerians and that I’m certain by the oath I’ve taken, that their safety is within the fingers of God and within the fingers of the federal government, which I’m main.”
President Buhari famous that because the chief of the governing celebration stated he wished to go away behind a political tradition primarily based on integrity regardless of his celebration shedding the election.
“We’ve misplaced states throughout the nation. Now I don’t like to flee the duty, seeing because the chief of the nation, I’m additionally the chief of my celebration, that I’m not main the celebration very nicely.
“I’m making an attempt to guarantee that the celebration is constructed on a civilised foundation, rule of regulation and respect for human rights and human beings, proper from polling items to native governments, to states as much as Abuja and that’s what I’ve been insisting as my contribution to the Nationwide Working Committee and government of the celebration. I do know we’re a creating nation, a creating financial system and making an attempt to develop our political tradition. I need the event of political tradition to be primarily based on integrity and accountability. Let folks work very arduous and earn what they’re in search of via their arduous work and honest competitors,” the President stated.
He added jocularly that he was congratulating the Edo governor “reluctantly” as a result of he defeated the candidate of his celebration, the All Progressives Congress.
In his remarks, Governor Obaseki thanked the President for making certain that honest play reigned through the election which noticed him victorious.
“You’d recall a few weeks earlier than the election, I got here to see you and also you assured me that we have been going to have a free, peaceable and credible election. That’s what we had through the election of 19th September and the entire world has acclaimed that the Edo election was maybe the most effective carried out in latest instances in Nigeria. This might not have been doable with out your insistence that the suitable issues be achieved and for that, we need to say thanks very a lot.”
He additionally thanked the President for his congratulatory message, assuring him that the message “has been internalised.
It’s God that made this election doable, due to this fact, I must be humble in regards to the election and likewise magnanimous in victory.”
He pledged his unalloyed loyalty and assist and that of the folks of Edo State to the President and the federal authorities.