Talking of 2019 election, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to give oppositions the opportunities he did not get in the past elections.
According to the number one citizen of Nigeria, words have gone to the security chiefs to be non-partisan during the election. He also emphasized that he his determined to ensure a level-playing field for all contestants into political offices in 2019 general elections thereby ensuring free and fair election. He added noting that he did not get a level-playing ground in the past but none the less, he is going to give oppositions the opportunities I did not get in the past.
President Muhammadu Buhari said this while receiving a delegation from International Republican and National Democratic Institute, United States of America, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday. In his words, “I am glad you are here to assess our pre-election preparations. It reminds me of the visit by the then Secretary of State, John Kerry, before the 2015 polls. We appreciate the concern of America for stability in developing countries. “Having run for president three times, ending up at the Supreme Court all three times, before God and technology made a way for me the fourth time, I know what it is to be cheated at the polls. He continued, “What they used to do was just to award votes, and tell anyone who was dissatisfied to go to court. But we won’t do that. I am prepared to give the opposition the opportunities I was not given in the past.’’
He further emphasised that his administration under APC would make it a priority to secure the country, revive the economy and as well fight corruption. He however, expressed the fact that the opposition has not been able to fault the major areas of the administration. He added saying, “we have done fairly well in the areas we focused on. We know how many local government areas in the North-east were under Boko Haram occupation before we came. “That does not happen again, save for cowardly attacks, using young girls as suicide bombers. Other areas of security challenge like farmers/herdsmen clashes are receiving attention, and would be sorted out as much as possible,” Delving into the electoral bill which was not accented to by his presidency, he commented saying, “Time is against us. We are extremely vulnerable, and need to be careful that messages are not hijacked and figures tampered with, while being transmitted electronically. Even the Russians were accused of tampering with American election, so we will remain conventional and use electronic transmission in subsequent elections”.
However, Amb. Linda-Thomas Greenfield, leader of the American delegation, , said they had met with the media, civil society, and political parties and all those concerned expressed fears of security agencies being used as partisan in the forthcoming elections suspecting intentions of the present administration not to be committed to free and fair elections by key stakeholders. She added saying, it was citing the delayed budget for the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the non-signing of the new electoral bill.