Buhari calls for free, fair election in Edo


President Muhammadu Buhari has advised political parties, candidates and security agents to behave responsibly in Edo State gubernatorial elections holding on this Saturday.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu handed this release to newsmen on Thursday.

The release hinted that The President in a message to voters, political parties, election officials and security personnel, reiterated his stance  on his passionate commitment for free and fair elections.

“I am passionately committed to free and fair elections, but my own commitment is not enough if other actors at ground zero refuse to abide by the rules.

"I want to see democratic standards in the country raised higher at every level, but these cannot be achieved when politicians resort to do or die methods to gain power by any means or machination.

"The do-or-die mentality to politics is a threat to free and fair elections because the actors are more focused on winning than caring about a fair outcome that reflects the Will of the people." The statement read in parts.

He advised all political parties and their candidates to abide by the  law and order to ensure a peaceful conduct of the election in the state. 

 He also advised election officials and security agents to remain neutral to ensure free and fair elections and avoid any action capable of compromising the integrity of the elections; stressing that conducting free and fair elections is one of his main concerns for Nigerian democracy to remain of his legacies before bowing out from office.


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