President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to continue to show his commitment to violence-free and credible elections.
He made the promise when he received a delegation from Nasarawa State led by Governor Abdullahi Sule at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.
The President stated that the outcome of the Anambra, Ekiti and Osun governorship elections is proof of his administration’s irreversible commitment to peaceful polls.
Buhari asserted that the signing of the new electoral act has made the political process more transparent and acceptable to Nigerians, adding his government will always be committed to the tenets of the rule of law.
He added that the 2023 elections will mark the commencement of the institutional strength of the electoral body in conducting acceptable, credible and violence-free elections
He said: “Recent elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun are proof of my administration’s irreversible commitment to credible and violence-free polls in Nigeria.
“This is also why I made sure I signed the new electoral act. We will always be committed to the tenets of the rule of law.
“On the issue of credible, free and fair elections in the country, I have always reassured my listeners both at home and abroad, my personal desire and indeed the priority of this administration is to bequeath to our nation an irreversible political process that continues to be both democratic and acceptable to the people.
“My desire for our nation is that the 2023 elections should clearly mark the commencement of the institutional strength of our electoral body in conducting acceptable, credible and violence-free elections.
“The forthcoming general elections will provide us with the opportunity to convince the electorate of the need for continuity to enable our party to consolidate on our achievements in the last 7 years.
“The government and people of Nasarawa state, as usual, have a great role to play in returning our party to governance in the 2023 elections, in order to create a path for greater socio-economic growth and development. This is not only important for Nigeria alone but also for the West African sub-region.”
Speaking further, Buhari expressed hope that the people of the state and the state government will not disappoint him in the forthcoming general elections
The President described Nasarawa as a symbol of hope, adding that the state is one of the strongholds of the ruling APC.
“I am optimistic that the people of the state, the APC government and this broad representation of your delegation will not disappoint me, as we sustain concerted efforts in pushing forward the frontiers of good governance in our country,” he said.