President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed worry over the spate of violence being perpetrated in Kogi and Bayelsa States ahead of the governorship elections slated for Saturday, November 16.
In a statement today, November 14 by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari noted that since the ban on campaigns was lifted a few weeks ago, citizens of the two states have recorded uninspiring incidents of violence and of intemperate use of languages.
The President made a strong demand for exemplary conduct of non-partisanship on the part of election and law enforcement officials in the two states, adding that all must carry out their functions with fairness and transparency, without let or hindrance and without fear or favour.
“I call on voters in Bayelsa and Kogi States to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and orderly manner and in line with the law in all situations. Law enforcement officials must ensure that citizens are allowed to vote without harassment and intimidation and any attempt to steal or hijack ballots must be stopped using all legal means.
“In all democratic elections, there are bound to be winners and losers and the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi will not be different. All candidates should be ready to accept the outcomes and wherever they are dissatisfied, they should follow the due process of the law in seeking redress. There must not be a resort to self-help.”
The President then wished the two states and their peoples a safe and credible exercise as they vote in these historic and suspenseful elections.