President Muhammadu Buhari has told vote-selling electorates to be ready to lose their right.
Issuing this warning during his Independence Day speech, Buhari restated his commitment to ensuring transparent, free, fair, and credible elections in the country.
He further boasted that he has kept to his words on ensuring free, fair, and credible elections in the course of his administration.
According to him, the process leading to the Edo election and its outcome is a signal to Nigerians that he is committed to ensuring that the electorate’s votes count.
Further noting that electoral problems are usually caused by desperation and personal interest.
Buhari implored Nigerians to abide by the rule of law by avoiding actions that compromise the judiciary.
“The recent build-up and eventual outcome of the Edo State elections should encourage Nigerians that it is my commitment to bequeath to this country processes and procedures that would guarantee that the people’s votes count,” he said.
“The problems with our electoral process are mainly human-induced as desperate desire for power leads to desperate attempts to gain power and office.
“Democracy, the world over and as I am pursuing in Nigeria, recognizes the power of the people. However, if some constituencies choose to bargain off their power, they should be prepared for denial of their rights.
“This call is made more urgent if we realise that even after a transparent, free, fair and credible election, desperation leads to compromising the judiciary to upturn legitimate decisions of the people.
“It is necessary to, therefore support the enthronement of the rule of law by avoiding actions which compromise the judiciary.
“Fellow Nigerians, our history has shown that we are a people that have the capacity to live peacefully with one another.
“As a government, we remain committed to our constitutional oath of securing the lives and properties of the citizenry. I, however, call on the citizenry to also support government by providing the necessary community-level intelligence in addressing these challenges.”