President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he has no intention of doing anything to unlawfully favor members of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), who are participating in the upcoming supplementary governorship and state House of Assembly elections, urging them to work hard for their votes.
Backstory: In a statement released on Sunday in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, Mallam Garba Shehu, the presidency revealed the president’s stand on the upcoming elections, while decrying the “hate spewing, incitement to violence and the polarizing statements made by so-called political leaders.”
A Different Type of Leader: Accusing former presidents of interfering in inconclusive elections, the statement revealed that the incumbent president has no plan to involve himself in the election process like his predecessors, which seemed to be upsetting party members.
“President Buhari is a different kind of leader. He swore to defend the constitution and will not veer off from that,” the statement read. For party members who assume that the President has the power to influence the polls in their favor, the presidential aide said, “The constitution of Nigeria gives the President no such powers. It is unfair and ridiculous to criticize the President Buhari for not going against the constitution.”
“Party members in states where there will be supplementary elections then need to be reminded that they need to work hard to earn their people’s votes, rather than expect President Buhari to manipulate INEC in their favor.”
Shehu also revealed that while party members were upset at the president for his nonchalant attitude towards helping them with their mandate, opposition parties on the other hand, are convinced that he would interfere.
INEC remains Independent: “President Buhari is a man of conviction, and the manipulation of election results goes against everything he stands for. INEC is completely in charge.”