President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the National and State Assembly re-run election slated for tomorrow (Saturday) in Rivers State must not be seen as a “do-or-die affair” by the contestants.
Buhari, who gave the advice to the politicians on Friday, urged the candidates to maintain peace and orderliness during the elections.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President pleaded with the candidates and their supporters to put the “interest of the people of the state in mind, as they go to the polls on Saturday.”
Buhari further “enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do all within its powers to give transparency and fairness to the electoral exercise in Rivers State.
“The rerun elections should not be seen as a do-or-die affair to the extent that people will be killed, maimed and property destroyed in a mindless display of crude primitive instincts.
“Innocent blood should never be sacrificed on the altar of political contest for temporary power”.
The President stressed the ”commitment of his administration to deepening democracy in the country by enthroning a legacy of respect for the wishes of the people through free, fair and credible elections devoid of intimidation and violence throughout the federation.”
Meanwhile, during the final leg of the APC’s campaign rally in Rivers, the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie Oyegun, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the party’s Ondo governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, collectively called on their supporters to go all out to fight the opposition PDP if the need arises.