Buhari Boasts, Explains How He Stopped Vote-Buying During 2023 General Elections
- Nigeria's president has boasted about the ability of his administration to curb vote-buying in the just-concluded elections
- President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed that he gave the electorates across the country useful advice ahead of the polls
- According to the president, he urged the voters to collect the money offered to them by the candidates seeking elective office but still vote their conscience
President Muhammadu Buhari has explained that he did his best to ensure that vote-buying did not mar the 2023 presidential election.
Vanguard reports that the president while meeting with the outgoing United States Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, at the State House in Abuja, said he told Nigerian electorates to collect money from candidates vying for elective positions at the election but vote their conscience.
The president added that given the opportunity for a free and fair election and non-interference, as witnessed in the 2023 polls, Nigerians have proven capable of deciding their leaders.
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Expressing satisfaction with the passion of Nigerians for upholding the nation's democracy and its processes, Buhari said from the choices made by the citizens, the country's democracy had truly matured.
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A statement by Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesperson, stated that Nigerians are realising their power over politicians seeking elective offices.
“People are realising their power. Given the chance of a free and fair vote, nobody can tell them what to do. I am unhappy that some candidates lost in the election.
“But I am inspired by the fact that voters were able to make their own decision, to decide who won and who lost. With the currency change, there was no money to spread around, but even then, I told voters to take the money and vote according to their consciences.”
"We are deeply troubled": US condemns violence, voter suppression during 2023 general elections
The 2023 general elections have been described as marred by voter suppression among many other vices.
This description of the process and outcome of the 2023 general elections was given by the United States of America.
According to the American government, all legal challenges to the election results must not be interfered with.
"Lagos ruled by people who only bring thuggery": Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour speaks after voting at Anifowoshe
The 2023 governorship candidate for the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, alleged that Lagos state is ruled by people who only bring thuggery and violence to the state.
Rhodes-Vivour said this after casting his vote at the Anifowoshe area of Lagos state during the 2023 governorship and State House of Assembly.
The Labour Party's governorship candidate also alleged that there had been voter suppression in some areas of the state.