As Nigeria celebrates its 62nd Independence Day today, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to ensure free and fair elections in 2023.
Buhari made this known during his last Independence day speech as President before a new Political dispensation.
The President said having been a “victim of unfair electoral processes” in the past, he will bequeath a robust electoral institution that would ensure the emergence of credible leaders.
He said; “Having witnessed at close quarters, the pains, anguish and disappointment of being a victim of an unfair electoral process, the pursuit of an electoral system and processes that guarantee election of leaders by citizens remains the guiding light as I prepare to wind down our administration.’’
“It is for this reason that I have resolved to bequeath a sustainable democratic culture which will remain lasting. The signing of the Electoral Act 2021 as amended with landmark provisions, further assures us of a more transparent and inclusive electoral process.”
“You would all agree that the recent elections in the past two years in some states notably Anambra, Ekiti and Osun and a few federal constituencies have shown a high degree of credibility, transparency and freedom of choice with the people’s votes actually counting. This I promise would be improved upon as we move towards the 2023 General elections.”