President Buhari: I’ll leave legacy of free, fair elections


President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said he would want to be remembered as a leader who kept his word that elections in Nigeria must be free, fair and credible.

President Buhari

The president stated this in his Daura residence, Katsina state, when the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari came to inform him that he had won his reelection in Saturday’s governorship poll.

Buhari commended Nigerians who heeded to his pre-election appeals to cast their votes peacefully.

The President, described last Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly elections across the country as largely successful.

He was quoted in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, as saying: ‘‘I have maintained a position that elections must be free and fair and people have the right to make their choices and vote their consciences. I am happy they understood the message and did just that.

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“Power is a public trust that belongs to the people. Power is not by strength or wisdom but by Providence. Elected persons must be fair and just. This is the legacy I want to leave behind. A leader must be fair and just. All leaders should strive to do that.”

Governor Masari, who was accompanied by officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party in Katsina State, thanked the President and the party for the support which led to his decisive victory on March 9.

The governor pledged to work for the good of the people of Katsina State, in line with the vision of the Next Level government at the centre.

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