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Buhari Must Ensure Edo State Election Is Credible – Labour Party

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

The National leadership of Labour Party (LP) has come out to say that President Muhammadu Buhari must use the Sept. 19, governorship polls in Edo State as a template for his government’s electoral reform agenda.

The National Secretary of the party, Mr. Julius Abure revealed this at a news briefing in Benin.

According to him, the election in the state must be free, fair, and credible because there will be no democracy if we do otherwise.

He added that Buhari will not lose anything if the governorship election is credible.

His words, “We are calling on the President to ensure that the next week’s governorship election in the state is free, fair and credible.

“There can never be democracy if electoral processes are not free, fair and credible.

“The president will not lose anything if the governorship election is credible.

“We urged him to use this Edo governorship election as a basis for his government’s electoral reform agenda.”

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Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.

He unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.

Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a “converted democrat”.

Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.

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