- In all democratic elections, there are bound to be winners and losers, and the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi will not be different.
- Buhari acknowledged that the polls would be “suspenseful.”
Ahead of the Kogi and Bayelsa States Governorship elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for fairness and transparency during the elections.
According to a State House statement signed by Garba Shehu, the Presidential Spokesman, Voters in the two states, will be left alone to decide who takes charge of the administration of their essential rules for the next four years.
The presidency noted that since the ban on campaigns was lifted a few weeks ago, their citizens have been called to attend political rallies of various hues and were bombarded with advertising on billboards, radio and TV; texts, tweets, WhatsApp and Facebook posts in campaigns that sadly, have so far recorded not a few uninspiring incidents of violence and of intemperate use of language.
President Buhari therefore demands exemplary conduct of non-partisanship on the part of election and law enforcement officials in the two states.
‘All must carry out their functions with fairness and transparency; without let or hindrance without fear or favour,” he said.
He, therefore, call on voters in Bayelsa and Kogi States to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and orderly manner, in line with the law in all situations.
“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.’
While noting that there is bound to be a loser and winner in the elections, the president urged all the candidates to be ready to accept the outcomes and wherever they are dissatisfied, they should follow the due process of the law in seeking redress and must not be a resort to self-help.
He also acknowledged that the polls would be “suspenseful,” but wished the participants well.