2023: Nigerians will vote who they want – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the general elections holding next year would be free and fair. He said this in a statement released by his media adviser Femi Adesina.
Buhari’s statement was in response to the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) during their visit to him on Tuesday.
“I want Nigerians to know that we respect them, and for us to show that we will allow them to vote who they want”, the president reportedly said, citing the outcomes of elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States.
President Buhari equally said no one would be allowed “to use personal resources or their influence to intimidate other Nigerians”.
“We will not allow intimidations materially, morally or physically. This is the kind of leadership that can emerge and consolidate our nation.
“In six months, Nigerians will appreciate the government of APC that we are sincere and we respect them,’’ he was quoted to have said.
In his remark, the leader of the PGF, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state, lauded President Buhari’s leadership of the country.
“We want to congratulate you on the positive trajectory of the economy, with the 3.5 per cent growth in the second quarter, up from 3.1 per cent of the first quarter of this year. Infrastructure projects are ongoing in parts of the country, and the social intervention programme is expanding,’’ Bagudu stated.
The governor said the growth trajectory had defied initial predictions of some multilateral institutions, affirming that the World Bank and others had acknowledged the resilience of the economy, and reviewed their positions.
“Your Excellency, as we speak, there is drought in Europe and China. The Ukraine-Russia war is taking a toll on economies. In the UK, there is rationing of electricity, and energy shortages in China.
“While other countries are banning food export, we are preparing for more production, in spite of floods in places like Jigawa State. We note your instruction for the release of 40,000 tonnes of grains.
“We also note efforts on improving security and measures to cut oil theft,’’ he said.