The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday admitted that there has been significant improvement in the way elections are conducted in Nigeria recently.
While commending the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a job well done, the former vice president urged the electoral body to ensure a credible, free and fair process in the conduct of the forthcoming 2023 general elections. Naija News reports that Atiku made the request in a statement issued today through his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, to mark the International Day for Democracy (IDD). The presidential hopeful noted that the celebration of democracy is indeed a celebration of the people’s power. Atiku who described the 2023 elections as an opportunity for INEC to show that it is not partisan also urged other concerned agencies to ensure that the outcome of the next year’s election reflects the desires of Nigerians. He said: “In 2023, Nigerians will be voting for the leadership that they truly believe will lead this country out of the current dire situation and it is important to use the opportunity of the celebration, this day, to tell not just the INEC but other agencies and non-governmental organisations involved in the conduct of the election that the next election should be the freest and fairest ever in the history of Nigeria. “The PDP presidential candidate also congratulated Nigerians for being part of the global community of people practising democracy and, reminded the electorates in Nigeria to remember that democracy is an enabler of good governance. “Good governance is the ultimate end game. And the democracy that we practice is the only veritable vehicle that can drive us safely to the establishment of a government that will give us good governance and ensure that the rule of law is entrenched in our body politic.”
This article was originally published on Naija News