President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government is making its best effort to deliver on its promises to Nigerians, with the resources at its disposal.
According to him, even the opposition has not been able to fault their campaign objectives of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, on which the 2015 elections were run.
“The opposition has not succeeded in faulting us. We are doing our best with the resources available to us,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
President Buhari made the remarks while receiving members of the Joint United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS Good Offices Mission on Elections at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He told the delegation that Nigeria has left that era in which democratic norms were brazenly subverted, with votes awarded to those favoured by the authorities and the shortchanged told to go to court if they were not happy.
“I am highly qualified to talk on this, having ended in Supreme Court three times, after participating in elections with disputed results,” the President said.
He asked, “Where will a man looking for where his next meal would come from, have money to hire lawyers, particularly senior advocates, (go)?”
Ahead of the 2019 elections, President Buhari assured Nigerians that the polls would be free and fair, stressing that only the will of the electorate would be upheld.
He said, “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.”