- Muhammadu Buhari thanks BSO group for using their time and resources on his behalf without getting anything in return
- The president says he has been urging state governors to carry out voters' education
- INEC finally publishes timetable for four bye-elections in Katsina, Bauchi, Kogi, Cross River
President Muhammadu Buhari said he decided to check those constituting nuisance by announcing his intentions to contest in the 2019 presidential elections early.
The president made the statement on Friday, July 20, when the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) group visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday, July 20, the Sun reports.
He thanked members of the group for using their time and resources on his behalf without getting anything in return.
President Buhari said: I have to thank you for identifying yourself as a group consistently for all these years and getting nothing for it visibly.
“I think it is worthy of commendation and I am extending my personal appreciation for your principle.
“For you to identify openly with this organisation all these years it means a lot. Thank you for your time, for meeting from time to time to consolidate on your tactics, I am sincerely grateful to you.
“I had to announce before the National Executive Committee (NEC) about my intention to ask for the party’s nomination for next year’s election so that we can save a lot of time and cool tempers.
“A lot of people are trying to make it a habit of being a nuisance to themselves and to many Nigerians. So when I announced my intention, I said okay let those who are serious come out and I try to make sure that the party is reorganize and consolidated so that we start from bottom to top.
"So, that Nigerians will be involved and that each constituency will pick those they want to represent them at various levels.
“Whether local government chairmen, counselors, state house of assemblies, House of Representatives, Senate and finally the Presidency itself."
Buhari urged members of the group to continue sensitising the public about the importance of getting their Permanent Voters Card (PVC). The president said he has been urging state talking to to carry out voters education in their territories.
Meanwhile, based on reports on vacancies in some senatorial districts in four states, Katsina, Bauchi, Kogi, Cross River, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule of activities for bye-elections in order for the offices to be occupied.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the schedule of activities for four bye-elections.
INEC on Thursday, July 19, said that it will on Saturday, August 11, conduct four bye-elections to occupy vacancies in Katsina north and Bauchi south senatorial districts in the states as well as Lokoja/Kogi/Koton Karfe federal constituency in Kogi state and Obudu state constituency in Cross River, Premium Times reports.
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