- The Nigerian Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari will not use his position to influence results of oncoming rerun elections in some states
- Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu knocked APC members who expected Buhari to sway the elections in their favour
- Shehu says President Buhari will allow INEC to work without any interference from the federal government
The Presidency has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will not interfere in the rerun elections slated for Saturday, March 23 across the country by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The presidency, in a statement issued by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu on Sunday, March 17 warned against hate speeches and incitement to violence through comments by political leaders.
The presidency also knocked members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who are criticizing Buhari's refusal to use federal might to sway results in their favour.
“Past presidents of Nigeria were known to interfere in inconclusive elections, and that is why party members appear to be upset that the same thing is not happening now, but President Buhari is a different kind of leader. He swore to defend the constitution and will not veer off from that.
“The Constitution of Nigeria gives the president no such powers. It is unfair and ridiculous to criticise President Buhari for not going against the constitution.
“Party members in states where there will be supplementary elections then need to be reminded that they need to work hard to earn their people’s votes, rather than expect President Buhari to manipulate INEC in their favour.
“Interestingly, while members of the ruling APC party were criticising the president for not interfering on their behalf, members of the opposition were condemning the president based on their assumptions that he would definitely interfere, as many in the opposition did while in power.
“Under President Buhari, INEC had been and will be completely independent throughout the elections, free from any interference.
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“President Buhari is a man of conviction, and the manipulation of election results goes against everything he stands for; INEC is completely in charge.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that the administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state is making moves to ensure he wins the rerun election there.
It has kicked off various developmental and infrastructural projects in the communities at Gama ward in the Nasarawa local government area of the state.
The Kano government reportedly started no fewer than three projects in the last three days. The projects included drilling of several boreholes, reconstruction of bad roads and clearing of wastes from the streets.
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