Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria has left that era in which democratic norms are brazenly subverted, with votes awarded to those favoured by the authorities, and the shortchanged told to go to court for redress.
The President stated this on Monday when he received members of the Joint United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS Good Offices Mission on Elections, at the State House, Abuja.
“I am highly qualified to talk on this, having ended in Supreme Court three times, after participating in elections with disputed results.“Where will a man looking for where his next meal would come from, have money to hire lawyers, particularly senior advocates?” the President said.
He reassured that the 2019 polls would be free and fair.
President Buhari added: “The President has only one vote, governors have a vote each, just like anybody else.
“Let the people vote for whoever they choose, without their will being tampered with.’’
According to him, multi-party democracy gives lots of choice to the people, and Nigeria has a vibrant young population, who trusted his administration to handle their affairs and resources well.
“A lot depends on leadership,’’ he said.