President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, said his government will not allow anyone to use money and thugs to intimidate Nigerians at the polls come 2023.
He made this disclosure while stating that Nigerians will vote for the leader of their choice in the 2023 elections as they are “now wiser” and “know better.”
In a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said this when he hosted the West African Elders Forum Pre-Election Mediation Mission, led by former Sierra Leonean President, Dr Ernest Koroma, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The statement was titled “President Buhari to West African Elders: our election will be free, fair, credible.”
Thanking his guests for their service to the sub-region the President cited the off-season elections held in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States, as pointers to the Federal Government’s readiness to allow people to choose leaders they want.
He said, “That right is a guarantee. We are settling down, and making progress. People should vote for whoever they want, in whatever party.
“We shall not allow anyone to use money and thugs to intimidate the people. Nigerians know better now, they are wiser and know that it is better to dialogue than to carry weapons. Elections are even more difficult to rig now.”