2019 polls re­sult to re­flect peo­ple’s will, Buhari says

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has said that all will be done to en­sure that the re­sults of the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions re­flect the will of the peo­ple.

He said Nige­ri­ans re­served the right to elect lead­ers at var­i­ous lev­els in 2019 and that all ef­forts would be made to safe­guard the in­tegrity of the process.

The pres­i­dent, who is seek­ing a sec­ond term as can­di­date of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), said this while re­ceiv­ing let­ter of cre­dence from the Am­bas­sador of Fin­land to Nige­ria, Dr. Pulkki­nen.

“I re­spect the peo­ple’s Jyrki Juhani

feel­ings. I as­sure all that we will have free and fair elec­tions next year,” the pres­i­dent said, adding that he un­der­stood the yearn­ings of Nige­ri­ans and strongly be­lieved in their col­lec­tive dream for a greater coun­try.

Daily Trust re­ports that the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion is slated to hold on Fe­bru­ary 16, 2019, ex­actly 70 days from to­day.

He con­grat­u­lated Fin­land on its 101 in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary which was marked yes­ter­day, De­cem­ber 6, and com­mended its grow­ing re­la­tion with Nige­ria, es­pe­cially in ar­eas of In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT), trade and ed­u­ca­tion.

The am­bas­sador said the ar­eas of mu­tual ben­e­fit in re­la­tion with Nige­ria could be ex­tended to elec­tric­ity, smart tech­nol­ogy and cri­sis man­age­ment ini­tia­tives, point­ing out that he would work hard to im­prove the trade fig­ures and ex­changes.

“We will like to con­trib­ute to Africa ris­ing, and we know that Nige­ria is the big­gest coun­try on the con­ti­nent; so we are very in­ter­ested in the growth of Nige­ria,” he said.

At the level of the United Na­tions (UN), Dr. Pulkki­nen said his coun­try would con­tinue to sup­port the re­struc­tur­ing of the mul­ti­lat­eral in­sti­tu­tion to give greater roles to African coun­tries like Nige­ria.

Buhari, who also re­ceived let­ter of cre­dence from the Am­bas­sador of France to Nige­ria, Mr. Jerome Pasquier, said the French pres­i­dent’s visit to Nige­ria’s cap­i­tal, Abuja, and the stopover in La­gos, was re­ally im­pres­sive in bol­ster­ing both coun­tries’ re­la­tions.

The pres­i­dent said he was im­pressed with re­la­tions be­tween France and its former colonies in Africa, not­ing that France con­tin­ued to play pos­i­tive roles in pro­mot­ing se­cu­rity and eco­nomic growth in the coun­tries.

“France is in­vest­ing so much in Nige­ria, and we are grate­ful,” he added.

Buhari, how­ever, called for more sup­port in the fight against ter­ror­ism as the net­work kept ex­pand­ing with fighters mov­ing across bor­ders to sup­port in­sur­gents.

The French am­bas­sador said Pres­i­dent Macron would con­tinue to sup­port Nige­ria, es­pe­cially in the on­go­ing war against ter­ror­ism with spe­cific in­ter­est in gath­er­ing and shar­ing of in­tel­li­gence.

He com­mended the pres­i­dent for Nige­ria’s role in re­solv­ing the crises in Togo and Guinea Bis­sau.

Pres­i­dent Buhari equally re­ceived Let­ter of Cre­dence from the Am­bas­sador of Czech Re­pub­lic to Nige­ria, Mr. Marek Sko­lil, as­sur­ing him of im­proved eco­nomic re­la­tions in ar­eas like solid min­er­als ex­plo­ration.

Mr. Sko­lil said his coun­try would con­tinue to sup­port Nige­ria’s mil­i­tary in the fight against ter­ror­ism in the North East.

Daily Trust re­ports that this is not the first time Pres­i­dent Buhari would be re­as­sur­ing the coun­try and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of his com­mit­ment to cred­i­ble elec­tions.

The pres­i­dent had dur­ing a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with UK Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May in Abuja in Au­gust promised to en­sure free and fair elec­tions in 2019.

He equally re­as­sured vot­ers that next year’s elec­tions would be free and fair after the op­po­si­tion and in­ter­na­tional ob­servers raised con­cerns over the con­duct of gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Osun State in Oc­to­ber.

How­ever, the pres­i­dent’s re­as­sur­ance yes­ter­day came days after the op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) told the United Na­tions that the Pres­i­dency and the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) were plan­ning to scut­tle the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions, par­tic­u­larly the pres­i­den­tial poll.

The Na­tional Chair­man of the PDP, Prince Uche Se­con­dus, also told the Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral for West Africa and the Sa­hel, Mr. Mo­hammed Ibn Cham­bas, that in­ter­na­tional part­ners must in­sist and en­cour­age a free, fair and cred­i­ble elec­toral process. “They must also cau­tion against ma­nip­u­la­tion and other abuses that are ca­pa­ble of trun­cat­ing our democ­racy and en­dan­ger­ing the lives of Nige­ri­ans as a re­sult of a failed elec­toral process,” Se­con­dus fur­ther said.

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