2019: Buhari will not tamper with electoral process –Amaechi

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Rotimi Amaechi

President Muhammadu Buhari will not tamper with the processes of the 2019 general election as may be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

This assurance was given by the Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation and Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.

He said the president would play by the rule and implored other parties and their candidates to do the same.

Amaechi who spoke while receiving a delegation from the European Union, EU, and ECOWAS at his office in Abuja said Buhari would also agree with INEC on the outcome of the election.

The delegation was led by Ketil Karlsen.

His words:  “One assurance I will give you today is that we’ll stand by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and we will stand by whatever decision they make.

“The assurance I will give you from President Buhari Campaign Organisation is that there will be no interference by the president.

“We’ll play by the rules and whatever the campaign team needs to do to ensure that the election is transparent, we will do.

“We’ll also ensure that the election is such that Nigerians will be proud of, and we hope that the rest who are contesting in other parties will also take the same position.”

In his reaction, Karlsen said the EU was concerned about free, fair, credible and peaceful elections, saying that they would work with Nigeria to ensure a credible election.

Said he:  “We look forward to a good collaboration on this occasion of the 2019 general elections. We have had election observers in Nigeria for all general elections since 1999.

“For the EU, we really do not have any preferred candidate, we don’t have any preferred political party, we don’t promote any particular ideology in Nigeria.

“We have spent more than one hundred million Euros in giving support for electoral process. So currently, we support INEC, we support the National Assembly, we support intra-party democracy and we support all stakeholders.

“We had also engaged actively in the party primaries and this gives us reason about the optimism of INEC to conduct elections.”