- Politicians have been warned by President Buhari
- The president warned them against violence and rigging of polls
- He said Edo people should be allowed to choose what they want
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As Edo state heads to the polls to elect their governor, President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his commitment to credible elections in the country.
With this, the president warned against violence and lack of fairness in the election.
Buhari also warned electoral officials and security agents to be neutral while carrying out their duties.
Going further, the president also warned political parties and politicians to behave responsibly as they go into the election.
The president's warning was disclosed in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
He said the presidentis committed to bequeathing the culture of free and fair elections. He said, however, that, the activities of those on the field would go a long way to determine outcomes.
“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.”
Going further, Buhari appealed to political parties and their candidates to behave peacefully and respect law and order.
Shehu said the president also advised election officials and security agents “to remain neutral to ensure free and fair elections and avoid any action(s) capable of compromising the integrity of the elections.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the decision of the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom to impose visa sanctions on electoral offenders in Nigeria has angered the government.
As a result of this, the Nigerian government says it considers it disrespectful to the sovereignty of the country for any outside country to apply punitive measures such as visas restriction on its citizens.
The federal government made this known in a statement by Ferdinand Nwonye, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, September 18, in Abuja.
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