Amidst security concerns and fears of low voter turn out, President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the electorate to come out enmass to perform their civic duty this Saturday.
The second and final phase of the 2019 general elections comes up on Saturday with the governorship and states assembly polls.
The presidential and National Assembly elections were held on February 23 after a week postponement recorded only about 35 per cent of voter turn out.
In a statement he personally signed, Buhari on Wednesday warned against complacency on the parr PD voters, saying the governorship and states assembly elections were as important as the presidential and national assembly’s.
“The second and final phase of the 2019 general elections comes up on Saturday, March 9, with Nigerians voting for governors and members of Houses of Assembly in the states.
“Let me once again extend my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives or sustained injuries as a result of accidents or criminal violence during the elections.
“The onus is once again on qualified people to turn out in large numbers to exercise their civic rights.
“With the presidential poll behind us, let us not become complacent, and fail to vote in the gubernatorial poll.
“The forthcoming elections are as important for good governance as that of the presidency and the National Assembly.
” Indeed, governance at the state level is closer to us, and should touch our lives more directly. That is why it is vital for us to participate in the choice of who governs us at the state levels.
“I, therefore, urge you to troop out massively on Saturday to elect your governors and state lawmakers,” he said.
President Buhari while commending the candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the electorate everyone to comport themselves as they go out to cast their ballot.
He said security agencies would be on hand to ensure the safety and security of voters across the country.
The President noted that he had promised decent and credible electoral to the nation, and urged that all and sundry should to the right thing on Saturday by electing credible hands to fast track the delivery of the “Next Level”.
His words: “As a member of the All Progressives Congress, I recommend those standing on the platform of the party to you, as we are guided by progressive ideals, and we will not disappoint you.
“Equally, I urge you to comport yourself properly, as you turn out for the election.
“Avoid all deviant behaviours like ballot stuffing, ballot snatching, and any other action that does not conform with best electoral practices.
“I assure you that the security agencies will be on hand to protect voters, and ensure that the process is not undermined in anyway.
“Let’s make the gubernatorial polls much better than the presidential, which Local and International observers have adjudged to be free and fair.
“May I repeat my appeal to our young people: do not allow yourselves to be used to cause violence or to break the law or otherwise disturb the peace.
“I have pledged a decent and credible electoral system for our country. I stand by that promise.
“Let us together do the right thing on Saturday, so that the best hands can emerge at the states, and take us faster to the Next Level.”