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Buhari Speaks On Kogi/Bayelsa Governorship Election




President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday assured that voters would be allowed to decide their leaders in the Bayelsa and Kogi States Governorship Election.

Naija News reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed Saturday, November 16, 2019, for the elections.

In a statement by his Media aide, Garba Shehu, Buhari called on fairness and transparency during the elections.

The president also charged security agencies to be non-partisan on election day in both states.

He urged Bayelsa and Kogi voters to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and orderly manner.

Buhari said: “On Saturday, November 16, voters in two states, Bayelsa and Kogi will be left alone to decide who takes charge of the administration of their important states for the next four years.

“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.”

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