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BUHARI:- I AM NOT AFRAID OF FREE AND FAIR ELECTION IN 2019

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that the 2019 polls, under his watch, are free, fair and credible.

While addressing a gathering of Nigerians on Sunday in Beijing, the President said that as a beneficiary of free and fair elections, he is not afraid of a credible process in 2019.

He also stated that Nigerians eligible to vote in the general elections will be allowed to freely elect candidates of their choice.

‘‘I have no fear about free and fair elections because that is what brought me to the present position. I know what I went through and very few Nigerians could boast of trying four times [contesting for the presidency.

‘‘Those interested in participating in the elections must get their PVCs, register in their constituency and elect anybody of their choice across ethnicity and religion.

‘‘The Nigerian police, law enforcement agencies and INEC must respect the people to express their wishes,’’ he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Citing recent elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi States, the President said the country had made progress compared to elections conducted in the past years.

On security issues, he stated that his government has succeeded in curtailing Boko Haram insurgents in the country, adding that the terrorist group no longer controls any part of the country.

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