President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to participate actively in the governorship and state House of Assembly elections scheduled for this Saturday, noting that its impact “touch our lives more directly.”
The president said this in a television address to Nigerians broadcast on Wednesday.
According to President Buhari, the governorship and state legislative elections are as important as that of the presidential and National Assembly elections, as governance at the state level contributes to good governance for the country.
He called on the electorate to “troop out massively” to elect their governors and the state lawmakers and also “comport yourself properly, as you turn out for the election.”
President Buhari said: “With the presidential poll behind us, let us not become complacent, and fail to vote in the gubernatorial poll.
“The forthcoming elections are as important for good governance as that of the presidency and the National Assembly.
“Indeed, governance at the state level is closer to us, and should touch our lives more directly. That is why it is vital for us to participate in the choice of who governs us at the state levels.”
He also recommended candidates contesting under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Nigerians, saying: “I recommend those standing on the platform of the party to you, as we are guided by progressive ideals, and we will not disappoint you.”
While extending his condolences to the families of victims who lost their lives during the electioneering period, President Buhari said his administration would do everything possible to ensure adequate security is provided during Saturday’s elections.
He also implored young Nigerians not to partake in violence or allow themselves to be used as political thugs in the name of elections.
The president urged Nigerians to ensure Saturday’s elections are much more improved than that of the presidential and National Assembly polls.
“Avoid all deviant behaviours like ballot stuffing, ballot snatching, and any other action that does not conform with best electoral practices.
“I assure you that the security agencies will be on hand to protect voters, and ensure that the process is not undermined in anyway.
“Let’s make the gubernatorial polls much better than the presidential, which Local and International observers have adjudged to be free and fair.
“May I repeat my appeal to our young people: do not allow yourselves to be used to cause violence or to break the law or otherwise disturb the peace.
“I have pledged a decent and credible electoral system for our country. I stand by that promise,” President Buhari said.