With less than 24 hours to the much expected Edo State gubernatorial polls President Muhammadu Buhari has said emphatically that he is so much after ensuring a fair poll.
He advised political parties, candidates and security agents to behave responsibly in the forthcoming elections.
The president in a message to voters, political parties, election officials and security personnel, reiterated his stance that, “I am passionately committed to free and fair elections, but my own commitment is not enough if other actors at ground zero refuse to abide by the rules.”
According to President Buhari, “I want to see democratic standards in the country raised higher at every level, but these cannot be achieved when politicians resort to do or die methods to gain power by any means or machination.”
He said that “the do-or-die mentality to politics is a threat to free and fair elections because the actors are more focused on winning than caring about a fair outcome that reflects the Will of the people.”
The president appealed to all political parties and their candidates to behave peacefully and respect law and order. He also advised election officials and security agents “to remain neutral to ensure free and fair elections and avoid any action(s) capable of compromising the integrity of the elections.”
President Buhari stressed that “conducting free and fair elections is one of my main concerns for our democracy, and I want this commitment to be one of the legacies I will leave behind when I depart office.”
Meanwhile the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been distributing vital materials to the 18 local governments from the Central Bank in Benin.
By Friday, electoral and security officials will have a vigil with the materials at the local council headquarters and then move by Saturday morning to the voting centers.
The police have arranged that three police men will man one polling center.