- Bukola Saraki advised President Muhammadu Buhari to put his feet on the ground to avoid hitches in the Ondo and Edo polls
- The former Senate president advised the National Assembly to embark on electoral reforms
- The former Kwara governor disclosed that he remained mute over the 2019 presidential election results to let peace reign
The president of the eight Senate, Bukola Saraki, has finally revealed why he kept mute and refused to challenge the results of the 2019 presidential election.
The former Senate boss said that he maintained silence for peace to reign, adding that “the lives of our people, the stability of our democracy and the peace of the society are more important than our personal interest or the inflated egos of the leaders.”
Saraki revealed that after the elections, he sent messages to his supporters to accept the results and the newly elected officials in good faith for the sake of Nigeria's democracy since according to him, an election not a do or die affair.
In his advice to the presidency and the National Assembly ahead of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, Saraki urged President Muhammadu Buhari to inform the National Assembly to implement electoral reforms that will entrench the tenets of democracy.
He stated: “Led by President Muhammadu Buhari, we can ensure that these two elections signpost his desire to leave for Nigeria and Africa a legacy of true democracy and clean electoral process.
“The President must put his feet down and ensure that the security agencies will, and must, not be misused to influence the results of the elections in Edo and Ondo states."
The former Kwara governor in his webinar speech to mark the 2020 International Democracy Day themed: Electoral Reforms and Democracy also called on the legislative arm of the federal government to come up with legislation that will stop the deployment of soldiers during elections in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following the inferno at the Ondo office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the body had declared that no cause for alarm with respect to the upcoming elections on its schedule.
The commission frantically assured that the governorship election slated for September 19 and October 10 in the Edo and Ondo states respectively will hold despite the unfortunate occurrence.
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