Nigeria: We're Ready for Elections - APC

Buhari, Atiku, other presidential candidates sign another peace accord.
14 February 2019

Fourty eight hours to the Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the party is ready for the elections.

The deputy director general of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Arc Waziri Bulama said that the campaigns have shown that Nigerians would rather go with a tested candidate.

He said that the council had carried its campaigns all over the country, insisting that victory is certain.

The deputy director general dismissed insinuations that APC was looking for a way the election could be postponed.

Speaking with journalists at PCC office in Abuja, on the preparation for the elections, he said, "You know we realised that, fundamentally, leadership in a political dispensation or governance has two responsibilities. Leaders have two responsibilities. One to deliver good governance, secure the lives of Nigerians, empower Nigerians, secure their properties and create the conditions for opportunities for employment and economic prosperity.

"The other role of government or leaders is to ensure that they promote justice, they promote rule of law, they promote peace, promote freedom through their actions. So, this is the other aspect of the roles of leaders that most Nigerians don't focus their minds on. But it is one thing that President Muhammadu Buhari promoted very strongly. Promotion of rule of law, promotion of work of institutions of government without interference, promotion of justice, promotion of fairness."

He said that these are the things that Buhari had done through words and actions and through personal example, adding that he has promoted the things that would engender confidence in Nigerians to accept that the system is fair.

He said, "We have stood by that strongly and you see there are increasing results that Nigerians are gradually showing confidence in democracy and institutions of government like INEC and the Police as well."

He noted that the administration has never made effort to impose its will on the polity insisting that off season elections conducted by this government was better than those conducted by previous administrations. He said, "That means there is commitment, there is fairness and there is commitment to justice under our government because we are leaders that don't impose conditions on INEC or the Police."

" Nigerians have shown greater confidence in democracy because under our leadership more Nigerians registered to vote. Number of voters increased from 68.5 million to 84 million. This is a sign of confidence in those in power because votes count under our leadership. That is why more Nigerians come forward to register and you see that many people also rushed to collect their voter cards," he added.

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