- Senate president Bukola Saraki has said that the Osun state governorship election would prove if President Buhari is committed to his promise of free and fair elections
- Saraki restated the importance of the election, noting that it would be the first since the visit of two world leaders
- The Senate president called on President Buhar to keep his promise of ensuring credible elections in the country
Nigeria’s Senate president Bukola Saraki, on Monday, September 3, said the Osun governorship election would show if President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to his promise of free and fair elections.
In a report by Sahara Reporters, the presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated this in his address while accepting the position of chairman of the PDP Osun governorship election campaign council.
Saraki who heads the 85-man committee, speaking at the Legacy House, Abuja, restated the importance of the September 22 election, noting that it would be the first since the visit of two world leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The president has repeatedly stated his commitment to free and fair elections. He said this to Theresa May, when she visited the country and during a meeting with the Nigerian community in China.
As a follow-up to that statement, Saraki called on the president to keep his promise of ensuring credible elections, because “the world wants to see that there would be free and fair elections in this country”.
He said: "It is indeed a special privilege to have this opportunity of serving as the chairman of the campaign committee for the Osun election. On behalf of myself and every member of the committee, I thank the chairman for the vote of confidence.
"I believe I speak for every member of this campaign committee that we shall do our very best to leave no stone unturned to ensure that we work to ensure that the Osun gubernatorial election would result in victory for our party, the PDP, and its flag-bearer and next Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
“Osun state again gives us the opportunity again of an election before the general election. And it is also coming immediately after the visit of two world leaders to the country from where they extracted the commitment of Mr President that he will ensure that there will be free and fair elections in this country.
“This is the first election that is going to come after that visit and I think again the reputation of this country, the pride of this country, is at stake because our President has come out openly to say there will be free and fair elections, which the world wants to see. For that reason, this election is very important.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari while speaking in Beijing at an interactive session with the Nigerian community in China on Sunday, September 2, said nothing would make him fear the forthcoming 2019 presidential election.
President Buhari said he was not afraid of free and fair election because it was what brought him to power. The president’s personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed this on his Twitter handle.
The tweet read: ”I am not afraid of free and fair election, because that’s what brought me here.”
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