I am committed to free and fair election in Edo - Buhari
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, said on Thursday that he is committed to a free and fair governorship election in Edo state.
The President urged stakeholders in the election which would hold on Saturday to avoid a "do-or-die mentality".
Buhari said this via a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, "Edo election: President Buhari urges parties, candidates, security agents to behave responsibly".
Shehu quoted Buhari as saying, "I am passionately committed to a free and fair election, but my own commitment is not enough if other actors at ground zero refuse to abide by the rules.
"I want to see democratic standards in the country raised higher at every level, but these cannot be achieved when politicians resort to do-or-die methods to gain power by any means or machination.
"The do-or-die mentality to politics is a threat to free and fair elections because the actors are more focused on winning than caring about a fair outcome that reflects the will of the people".
Buhari had earlier said on Thursday that he would support smooth elections in West African counties that would soon go to polls.
This was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. It said the President made the promise while receiving President Rock Kabore of Burkina Faso at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Adesina quoted the President saying, "We are keeping tabs on situations in countries that have elections ahead. We know the countries that are calm and the one where there have been unfortunate casualties.
"We will always support those who have elections ahead so that things can go smoothly".
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