President Muhammadu Buhari, in a bid to promote free and fair elections in Nigeria, urged citizens not to succumb to the temptation of vote-buying. During a conversation with journalists in Daura on Saturday, the President encouraged Nigerians to take any money offered to them by politicians, but to ultimately vote according to their conscience.
As he cast his own vote at Ward A, Sarkin Yara Polling Unit, 003 in Daura, Katsina State, President Buhari expressed his belief that Nigerians would not be swayed by money or any other form of bribery. He urged citizens to remain steadfast in their commitment to democracy, stating that their votes would ultimately determine the outcome of the elections.
In a statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari reiterated his confidence in the Nigerian people, stating that they knew he and his administration meant what they said. He expressed his belief that Nigerians would once again vote for him and his party in the upcoming elections.
President Buhari also praised the new naira policy, which he believes has helped to ensure a shortage of naira notes that would have been used by unscrupulous elements to influence the outcome of the elections in their favour. He expressed his hope that this policy, along with other measures put in place by his administration, would help to promote transparency and fairness in the electoral process.