President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will allow fairness and transparency to play out in the governorship elections
He described as unfair and ridiculous, criticisms of his apparent disinterest in the upcoming elections in some states by members of his party, All Progressive Congress (APC), who expect him to abuse his powers by influencing the recent gubernatorial results in their favour.
The president therefore cautioned against hate-spewing, incitement to violence and the polarizing statements by “so-called political leaders” as a number of states brace up for supplementary elections directed by the National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
A statement on Sunday from the presidency expressing Buhari’s stance, accused past Presidents of Nigeria of interfering in inconclusive elections, which, he said, is why APC members appear to be upset that the same thing is not happening now.
The statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu however, declared that “Buhari is a different kind of leader. He swore to defend the constitution and will not veer off from that.
“The constitution of Nigeria gives the President no such powers. It is unfair and ridiculous to criticise President Buhari for not going against the constitution.
“Party members in states where there will be supplementary elections then need to be reminded that they need to work hard to earn their people’s votes, rather than expect President Buhari to manipulate INEC in their favour.
“Interestingly, while members of the ruling APC were criticising the President for not interfering on their behalf, members of the opposition were condemning the President based on their assumptions that he would definitely interfere, as many in the opposition did while in power.
“Under President Buhari, INEC had been and will be completely independent throughout the elections, free from any interference.
“President Buhari is a man of conviction, and the manipulation of election results goes against everything he stands for. INEC is completely in charge.”