—-Says Nigerians voted according to their consciences
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the general election, saying that Nigerians exercised their civic responsibility according to their consciences.
President Buhari stated this when he received the Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari in his Daura home town who came to formally inform him of his election victory in last Saturday’s Governorship poll.
The President according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu declared that he would want to be remembered as a leader who kept his word that elections in Nigeria must be free, fair and credible.
He commended Nigerians who heeded to his pre-election appeals to cast their votes peacefully, describing last Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections across the country as largely successful.
According to him, ‘‘I have maintained a position that elections must be free and fair and people have the right to make their choices and vote their consciences. I am happy they understood the message and did just that.
‘‘Power is a public trust that belongs to the people. Power is not by strength or wisdom but by Providence. Elected persons must be fair and just. This is the legacy I want to leave behind. A leader must be fair and just. All leaders should strive to do that.’’
Governor Masari, who was accompanied by officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party in Katsina State, thanked the President and the party for the support which led to his decisive victory on March 9.
The governor pledged to work for the good of the people of Katsina State, in line with the vision of the Next Level government at the centre.