President Muhammadu Buhari celebrated his 77th birthday with the signing into law of the 2020 Appropriation bill even as he warned candidates to sell themselves to the electorate rather than rely on him or Federal machine in the 2023 poll.
But the opposition PDP tagged the President’s declaration as crocodile tears.
The President who commended the return to December December budget cycle pledged faithful implementation for the benefit of Nigerians.
Earlier aides of the president had surprised him with happy birthday songs and cards.
Responding the president delivered stern warning to those using his name to rally support for their 2023 presidential ambition,vowing that nobody would be allowed to deploy state apparatus for election bid.
According to the President ,he is determined to ensure free and fair election in 2023 without allowing any candidate to tamper with the will of the people.
Meanwhile ,the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dismisses President Muhammadu Buhari’s birthday declaration to bequeath a legacy of free and fair elections as diversionary posturing, which cannot sway Nigerians to place any trust in present administration as far as elections are
The PDP says President Buhari cannot claim to be committed to free and fair election after he refused to sign the amendment to the Electoral Act and had continue to endorse the outcome of bloody and manipulated governorship elections that occurred in Bayelsa, Kogi, Kano, Ekiti, Osun as well as the 2019 general elections, in which he and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), were huge beneficiaries.
Furthermore, Mr. President cannot rightly assert a commitment to electoral reform when he congratulated all beneficiaries of past flawed elections, while his administration failed to take any decisive step to bring known riggers and perpetrators of violence in these elections to
Our party notes that penance is a process from which a President is not forbidden. However, we invite Mr. President to note that the true electoral reform, which our nation requires today, goes beyond mere verbal posturing. He needs to openly support the strengthening of our electoral laws and the decisive application of the provisions thereof.
The PDP therefore tasks President Buhari to demonstrate that commitment for free, fair and credible electoral process by immediately returning the Electoral Act amendment bill to the National Assembly for accelerated consideration with a commitment from him to sign it into law
The demonstration of this birthday declaration should also include a presidential order for the immediate prosecution of the killers of Mrs. Salome Abu and all those killed in the last Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.
Mr. President should as well order the release of information to Nigerians on who was responsible for the deployment of a police helicopter to attack voters who queued up to perform their civic
responsibilities and aided the manipulation of the Kogi governorship election to favour his party.
Moreover, as part of a commitment to this birthday declaration, Mr. President must assure Nigerians that he will not interfere in the process of legislative consideration of all amendments required in the electoral act, which is the only way to guarantee free, fair and credible elections in our country.