President Muhammadu has called for fairness and transparency in Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections, both of which are due to hold this Saturday, November 16.
In a statement released by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, the President said citizens and law enforcement should behave in an orderly manner while the contestants follow due process in contesting the eventual results.
“I call on voters in Bayelsa and Kogi States to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and orderly manner and in line with the law in all situations,” Mr. Buhari was quoted as saying.
“Law enforcement officials must ensure that citizens are allowed to vote without harassment and intimidation and any attempt to steal or hijack ballots must be stopped using all legal means.
“In all democratic elections, there are bound to be winners and losers and the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi will not be different. All candidates should be ready to accept the outcomes and wherever they are dissatisfied, they should follow the due process of the law in seeking redress. There must not be a resort to self-help.”