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I Will Not Allow Anyone Rig 2023 Elections, Buhari Tells Politicians

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Nobody Can Rig 2023 Elections, Buhari Tells Politicians

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday dashed hopes of politicians who may be planning to rig their way into public offices in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

Specifically, the president categorically asked them to perish the thought of rigging, vowing to use every legitimate means to protect the votes of Nigerians.

Not satisfied, Buhari also cautioned against foreign interference in the forthcoming elections, just as he warned members of the Diplomatic Corps to assume a positive posture that demonstrates the doctrine of respect for Nigeria’s internal affairs.

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A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted the president as saying at an Iftar dinner with members of the Diplomatic Corps: ‘‘Those planning to rig the forthcoming elections should think twice because I intend to resolutely protect and defend the sacred will of the Nigerian people, to be expressed through the ballot box.

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‘‘As you are all aware, the tenure of this Administration ends on 29th May, 2023. Typical of election years all over the world, the tempo of political activities is often high.

‘‘That is the nature of democracy. I am committed to bequeathing a stronger culture of credible elections to Nigeria than I met.

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‘‘As Nigeria goes through this trajectory, I urge our friends in the global community, represented by you the Diplomatic Corps, to adopt a positive role that reinforces the doctrine of respect for our internal affairs and respect for facts and devoid of pre-conceived notions and bias’’.

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