- Governor El-Rufai has praised President Muhammadu Buhari on his stance in the Edo guber
- El-Rufai hailed President Buhari and described him as a lover of democratic processes
- The Kaduna governor noted that unlike other administrations, the Buhari-led government cannot support the use of federal might to rig election results
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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for upholding smooth electoral processes in the Edo governorship election.
El-Rufai stated that as a lover of democracy, the president allowed things to take their natural cause in the just-concluded poll, Channels TV reports.
He noted that President Buhari-led government, unlike past administrations, will never resort to what people know as federal might to influence the results of polls.
“One thing that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has always done is to say that there must be free and fair elections and the people’s choice must prevail.
"The president has never used what is called federal might that other governments have used in the past to steal elections. We always insist that everyone should go and pitch to the people and may the best man win and we can live with it.”
Meanwhile, El-Rufai had suggested that the All Progressives Congress (APC) might have lost the Edo state governorship election due to last-minute decision making on the part of voters.
El-Rufai made the suggestion on Monday, September 21. The governor disclosed that he was confident that the APC would win the election because a poll conducted indicated that the party would emerge victorious.
He said he does not know what must have happened in the last three weeks of the APC campaign, but pointed out that many voters might have waited to make up their minds in the last two weeks leading to the poll.
“As you know, a large number of voters make up their minds in the last two weeks of the election. Many voters decide no matter what happens, this is how I am voting but most people want to wait and make up their minds in the last two weeks,” he said.