President Muhammadu Buhari reiterated his commitment to credible elections and warned against violence and lack of fairness in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party PDP and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress APC are the leading candidates. Twelve others are also contesting.
The President warned electoral officials and security agents to be neutral while carrying out their duties and also warned political parties and politicians to behave responsibly as they go into the election.
The President, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he is committed to bequeathing the culture of free and fair elections. He said, however, that, the activities of those on the field would go a long way to determine outcomes. In a message to voters, political parties, election officials and security personnel, the President reiterated his stance and appealed to political parties and their candidates to behave peacefully and respect law and order and advised election officials and security agents to remain neutral to ensure free and fair elections and avoid any actions capable of compromising the integrity of the elections.