President Buhari has pledged to be neutral during the February 25 and March 11 general elections at all levels and has appealed to all candidates to respect the choice of voters and accept the result of the elections as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The President said this at the second signing of the National Peace Accord by political parties and presidential candidates of the 2023 general elections, organized by the National Peace Committee (NPC)on Wednesday, February 22.
The President who commended the NPC noted that despite having no financial support from the government, the Committee had remained steadfast, working with relevant agencies to provide moral compass and serve as an independent agency for alternative dispute resolution on the electoral process. He said he was aware of the deep concerns that have been raised about the conduct of the 2023 general elections and the outcomes they may throw up.
“However, since my assumption into office, my government has worked so hard to ensure that we pass on a legacy of free, fair, credible, safe, and peaceful elections. We will continue to act with neutrality and allow the rule of law to take precedence over political expediency. We have demonstrated that with the off-cycle elections in Edo, Ondo, Anambra, Ekiti, and Osun states. We allowed Nigerians to decide who should govern them. We are committed to this legacy till the very last day of my administration,” he added.
President Buhari also assured INEC, security agencies, and all relevant institutions saddled with the responsibility of conducting the elections of his administration’s continuous support, asking them to be firm and courageous, and to abide by the laws and constitutional provisions in conducting the elections.
He also cautioned that there should be no riots or acts of violence after the announcement of the election results and that all grievances, personal or institutional, should be channeled to the relevant courts.
President Buhari Watches As Tinubu, Atiku, Obi, Others Sign Peace Accord (photos)