- Governor Tambuwal has said the forthcoming Edo and Ondo polls will define President Buhari's electoral legacy
- The Sokoto state governor also reiterated the need to strengthen Nigeria’s electoral process as the world celebrates democracy day
- Tambuwal also called on the National Assembly to conclude the long-overdue amendments to the Electoral Act
The governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal, has revealed what he believed would define the electoral legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Tambuwal, the credibility or otherwise of the upcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states will go a long way in defining the president's electoral legacy, The Nation reported.
Legit.ng gathers that Tambuwal stated this in a statement on Tuesday, September 15.
The Sokoto state governor also stressed the urgent need to strengthen the nation’s electoral process so as to restore the hope and aspirations of Nigerians in democracy.
The governor, who also wrote in commemoration of the International Day of Democracy, marked globally every September 15, said any electoral victory obtained other than through the legitimate votes of the people is nothing short of a coup d’etat.
“It completely violates our Constitution which envisaged that governmental authority must be obtained only through the will of the people.
“Going forward, I call on the National Assembly to immediately conclude the long-overdue amendments to the Electoral Act to entrench provisions that make it impossible for rigging and manipulation of elections.
“In the same vein, any further amendments to the Constitution must take cognisance of our experiences in previous elections.
“It may be that time has come to introduce aspects of technology in our elections that are fool proof and such should be test run with other elections before the general elections in 2023," the Sokoto state governor said.
Legit.ng recalls that in 2019, President Buhari declared that he would want to be remembered as a leader who kept his word that elections in Nigeria must be free, fair and credible.
The president made this known in a statement issued by his senior special assistant on media, Malam Garba Shehu, when he received Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state at his private residence in Daura, on Monday, March 11.
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