Buhari Says He Won’t Interfere In 2023 Elections
On Tuesday, when members of the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF), led by its chairman, Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, visited Buhari at the Presidential Villa, he assured that his administration will guarantee a conducive atmosphere during the 2023 elections
Buhari also assured Nigerians that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will continue to protect their electoral rights through non-interference at polls, citing the outcomes of elections in Ekiti, Anambra and Osun states as indicators.
The president said the non-interference in elections gives credence to the political process, ensures participation and inclusiveness, and shows that the governing party respects the electorate.
He said APC, under his leadership, will continue to respect Nigerians by ensuring that their votes count and the people’s voice matters in choosing political leaders at different levels.
Buhari said: “I want Nigerians to know that we respect them, and for us to show that we will allow them to vote who they want.
“We all witnessed what happened in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States. What happened in those states gives me a lot of hope that we are succeeding.
“We will not allow anyone to use personal resources or their influence to intimidate other Nigerians. We will not allow intimidation 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 added.
Peter Obi Hails Buhari
Taking to his Twitter page on Wednesday, Peter Obi said he agreed with Buhari’s stance on the need to stop moneybag politicians from using personal resources or their influence to intimidate other Nigerians ahead of the 2023 election.
The former Anambra governor said Nigeria’s democracy has come of age and Nigerians’ right to elect leaders of their choice should not be tampered with.
“I share fully in the sentiments and views attributed to H.E President @MBuhari on the need to resist ‘money bag’ politicians who plan to rig 2023 elections.
“Our democracy has come of age; and the people’s right to elect leaders of their choice should not be infringed upon,” Peter Obi tweeted.
I share fully in the sentiments and views attributed to H.E President @MBuhari on the need to resist 'money bag' politicians who plan to rig 2023 elections. Our democracy has come of age; and the people's right to elect leaders of their choice should not be infringed upon. – PO
— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) August 31, 2022
KanyiDaily recalls that Peter Obi had also asked Nigerians to reject any presidential candidate that is speaking through proxies instead of addressing them directly.