In a message posted on his official Twitter account on Monday evening, Buhari argued that all the people in authority, including governors and the president can only cast one vote.
The reassuring message from the leader of Africa’s most populous nation comes ahead of crucial elections in 2019. ‘‘Let the people vote for whoever they choose, without their will being tampered with, ’read part of the tweet.
Nigerians will enjoy free and fair elections in 2019. The President has only one vote, governors have a vote each, just like anybody else. Let the people vote for whoever they choose, without their will being tampered with. The era of awarding votes is well and truly behind us.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 29, 2018
Buhari, who will be seeking a second term as president, will face competition from his former ally and vice-president, Atiku Abubakar. It is not the first time that Buhari has sought to reassure the country on his government’s commitment to organize credible elections in 2019.
Last month, following the disputed gubernatorial elections in Osun, which Buhari’s All Progressives Congress party candidate won, the president said the country’s electoral body will be independent,properly staffed and resourced.
Elections in Africa’s most populous nation have for years been marred by allegations of irregularities including vote rigging, voter intimidation and violence.
But many in Cameroon, Nigeria’s biggest neighbors with whom they share the largest broader believes Buhari tweet is an indirect message to his Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya even though he did not mention Cameroon or its leader by name.
The country’s October 7th polls was marred by multiple allegations of electoral fraud and the final outcome of the results is still being contested by the runners-up Maurice kamto. Many observers say the results were known even before the first vote was cast to keep Biya in power till 2025.
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