Nigerian leader calls for total participation in gubernatorial election

Timothy Choji, Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari has called on all Nigerians of voting age to come out in their numbers and vote on Saturday March 9, to elect their Governors and members of State Houses of Assembly.

The President made the call in a message to Nigerians on Wednesday, via his verified twitter handle.

The Nigerian leader said: “The second and final phase of the 2019 general elections comes up on Saturday, March 9, with Nigerians voting for governors and members of Houses of Assembly in the states. The onus is once again on qualified people to turn out in large numbers to exercise their civic rights.

“With the Presidential poll behind us, let us not become complacent, and fail to vote in the gubernatorial poll. The forthcoming elections are as important for good governance as that of the Presidency and the National Assembly.”

President Buhari stressed that it is very important for Nigerians to come out and elect their Governors because governance at the state level is closer to the people.

“Indeed, governance at the state level is closer to us, and should touch our lives more directly. That is why it is vital for us to participate in the choice of who governs us at the state levels. I, therefore, urge you to troop out massively on Saturday to elect your governors and state lawmakers.

“As a member of the All Progressives Congress, I recommend those standing on the platform of the party to you, as we are guided by progressive ideals, and we will not disappoint you,” he said.

The Nigerian leader again, appealed to citizens to avoid acts of violence before, during and after the election, as he advised the youth not to make themselves tools in the hands of selfish politicians.

“Equally, I urge you to comport yourself properly, as you turn out for the election. Avoid all deviant behaviours like ballot stuffing, ballot snatching, and any other action that does not conform with best electoral practices.

“I assure you that the security agencies will be on hand to protect voters, and ensure that the process is not undermined in anyway. Let’s make the gubernatorial polls much better than the Presidential, which Local and International observers have adjudged to be free and fair.

“May I repeat my appeal to our young people: do not allow yourselves to be used to cause violence or to break the law or otherwise disturb the peace,” President Buhari advised.

He said he had promised a decent and credible electoral system for Nigeria and he still stands by that promise.

“Let us together do the right thing on Saturday, so that the best hands can emerge at the states, and take us faster to the Next Level,” he concluded.