President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to come out in their numbers to cast their votes at the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections holding on Saturday.
Backstory: The president said this in a statement released on Wednesday wherein he also commiserated with families who lost loved ones during the presidential and National Assembly polls.
He said: “The second and final phase of the 2019 general election comes up on Saturday, March 9, with Nigerians voting for governors and members of Houses of Assembly in the states. Let me once again extend my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives or sustained injuries as a result of accidents or criminal violence during the elections.”
“The onus is once again on qualified people to turn out in large numbers to exercise their civic rights. The forthcoming elections are as important for good governance as that of the presidency and the National Assembly.”
He added that: “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.”
Buhari urged voters to elect members of the All Progressives Congress, saying: “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 urged voters to “Avoid all deviant behaviors”, including “ballot stuffing, ballot snatching, and any other action that does not conform to best electoral practices.”
Adding that, “security agencies will be on hand to protect voters, and ensure that the process is not undermined in any way.”
Buhari said, “I have pledged a decent and credible electoral system for our country. I stand 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.”