Let me begin by commending the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari for his statesmanship call and appeal; and his immediate directive to agencies of government including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and all other stakeholders, including politicians involved in the Edo election to ensure and guarantee free and fair; and, violence free election in Edo state.That is very commendable of Mr President.
I, therefore, on the premise of that, want to lend my voice to that of Mr President and other well meaning Nigerians; and members of the international community, to further appeal and call on the electoral body and the security agencies; and the good people of Edo and all stakeholders involved in this very important election to continue to observe rules and regulations of the electoral process; and, ensure that the election is free and fair.
We are monitoring closely the ongoing election in Edo and we are also appealing that nobody, no individual, no agency of government should tamper with the outcome and results of the election that is being conducted, so far from information we are getting from Edo state. This is very important so that we can have a very convincing outcome that the people of Edo have exercised their franchise without let or hindrance; and in a very peaceful manner.
Once again, I commend Mr President and all those stakeholders involved to go and play by the rules.