President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians not to get tired of voting in elections.
The polls, according to him “are no less important than others before them,” he said yesterday ahead of the makeup elections.
President Buhari, who thanked voters for re-electing him for a second term in office, said he would never forget their sacrifices in defying harsh weather conditions to vote for him.
”I was deeply overwhelmed by your show of incredible confidence in me, and I will never let you down. Thank you for your sincere show of support for me,” his Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, quote him as saying, in a statement yesterday.
Buhari, therefore, appealed to voters to come out en masse and participate in the supplementary elections in 17 states.
He asked voters to vote for the candidates they believe will deliver on promises because it is their “constitutionally guaranteed democratic rights.”
Buhari also dismissed rumours and insinuations that he was forcing voters to elect candidates other than those they preferred.
Describing the rumours as baseless, the President said at no time did he give instructions that the electorate should vote particular candidates.
”I believe in the will of the people, and I cannot, therefore, put pressure on voters to elect leaders they don’t like,” he said.
President Buhari also called on INEC and security agencies to ensure that the supplementary elections are conducted peacefully and in accordance with the law and constitution.
The President assured Nigerians that he is ready to work with elected representatives of the people regardless of party platforms on which they are elected.
President Buhari said he will work in the best interest of the country and democracy.