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I’ll bequeath strong political institutions via non-interference in elections–Buhari

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 President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the governing party All Progressives Congress APC will bequeath strong political institutions that reflect their choices through non interference in elections Mr Femi Adesina the president s spokesman in a statement said the president gave the assurance when he received members of Progressive Governors Forum PGF led by its Chairman Gov Abubakar Bagudu on Tuesday in Abuja The president cited outcomes of polls in Ekiti Anambra and Osun States as indicators of his administration s non interference in political processes in the country According to him non interference in elections gives credence to the political processes ensures participation and inclusiveness and shows that the governing party respects the electorate He said APC under his leadership would continue to respect Nigerians by ensuring that their votes count and the people s voices matter in choosing political leaders at different levels I want Nigerians to know that we respect them and for us to show that we will allow them to vote who they want We all witnessed what happened in Anambra Ekiti and Osun States What happened in those states gives me a lot of hope that we are succeeding he said On the forthcoming 2023 elections Buhari said government will also ensure that Nigerians don t get intimidated or humiliated by those in positions or the more privileged We will not allow anyone to use personal resources or their influence to intimidate other Nigerians We will not allow intimidation materially morally or physically This is the kind of leadership that can emerge and consolidate our nation In six months Nigerians will appreciate the government of APC that we are sincere and we respect them He urged the party s political leaders to intensity efforts in thinking meeting and strategizing for the 2023 elections In his remarks the Chairman of the PGF thanked the president for his leadership guided by wisdom and foresight affirming that the Nigerian economy had been growing in spite of the formidable challenges We want to congratulate you on the positive trajectory of the economy with the 3 5 per cent growth in the second quarter up from 3 1 per cent of the first quarter of this year Infrastructure projects are ongoing in parts of the country and the social intervention programme is expanding he stated The governor said the growth trajectory had defied initial predictions of some multilateral institutions He affirmed that the World Bank and others had acknowledged the resilience of the economy and reviewed their positions Your Excellency as we speak there is drought in Europe and China The Ukraine Russia war is taking a toll on economies In the UK there is rationing of electricity and energy shortages in China While other countries are banning food export we are preparing for more production in spite of floods in places like Jigawa State We note your instruction for the release of 40 000 tonnes of grains We also note efforts on improving security and measures to cut oil theft he said The PGF chairman told the president that some APC governors were contesting elections for the second term in 2023 with impressive records in their first terms We note the pronouncement of ASUU We recall the appeal of the president to ASUU while we were visiting Daura that they should consider the future of students We will not dwell on that now We are ready to accept any negotiations for resolution Bagudu added The governor commended Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari for their steadfastness and stewardship NewsSourceCredit NAN
I’ll bequeath strong political institutions via non-interference in elections–Buhari

1 President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the governing party, All Progressives Congress (APC), will bequeath strong political institutions that reflect their choices, through non-interference in elections.

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2 Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, in a statement, said the president gave the assurance when he received members of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) led by its Chairman, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu, on Tuesday in Abuja.

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3 The president cited outcomes of polls in Ekiti, Anambra and Osun States as indicators of his administration’s non-interference in political processes in the country.

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4 According to him, non-interference in elections gives credence to the political processes, ensures participation and inclusiveness, and shows that the governing party respects the electorate.

5 He said APC, under his leadership, would continue to respect Nigerians by ensuring that their votes count and the people’s voices matter in choosing political leaders at different levels.

6 “I want Nigerians to know that we respect them, and for us to show that, we will allow them to vote who they want.

7 “We all witnessed what happened in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States.

8 What happened in those states gives me a lot of hope that we are succeeding,’’ he said.

9 On the forthcoming 2023 elections, Buhari said ”government will also ensure that Nigerians don’t get intimidated, or humiliated by those in positions, or the more privileged.

10 “We will not allow anyone to use personal resources or their influence to intimidate other Nigerians.

11 We will not allow intimidation materially, morally or physically.

12 ”This is the kind of leadership that can emerge and consolidate our nation.

13 “In six months, Nigerians will appreciate the government of APC that we are sincere and we respect them.

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He urged the party’s political leaders to intensity efforts in “thinking, meeting and strategizing for the 2023 elections.

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In his remarks, the Chairman of the PGF thanked the president for his leadership, guided by wisdom and foresight, affirming that the Nigerian economy had been growing, in spite of the formidable challenges.

16 “We want to congratulate you on the positive trajectory of the economy, with the 3.5 per cent growth in the second quarter, up from 3.1 per cent of the first quarter of this year.

17 ”Infrastructure projects are ongoing in parts of the country, and the social intervention programme is expanding,’’ he stated.

18 The governor said the growth trajectory had defied initial predictions of some multilateral institutions.

19 He affirmed that the World Bank and others had acknowledged the resilience of the economy, and reviewed their positions.

20 “Your Excellency, as we speak, there is drought in Europe and China.

21 The UkraineRussia war is taking a toll on economies.

22 ”In the UK, there is rationing of electricity, and energy shortages in China.

23 “While other countries are banning food export, we are preparing for more production, in spite of floods in places like Jigawa State.

24 ”We note your instruction for the release of 40,000 tonnes of grains.

25 “We also note efforts on improving security and measures to cut oil theft,’’   he said.

26 The PGF chairman told the president that some APC governors were contesting elections for the second term in 2023, with impressive records in their first terms.

27 “We note the pronouncement of ASUU.

28 We recall the appeal of the president to ASUU, while we were visiting Daura that they should consider the future of students.

29 ”We will not dwell on that now.

30 We are ready to accept any negotiations for resolution,’’ Bagudu added.

The governor commended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, for their steadfastness and stewardship.  

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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