Former military head of state, General Abdulsalasmi Abubakar (rtd) has enjoined winners of Saturday governorship and Houses of Assembly elections nationwide to be magnanimous enough to embrace losers in the polls with a view to carrying everybody along no matter the situation and for democracy to deepen in the country.
He gave the advice shortly after his accreditation on Saturday at the Up Hill polling unit in Minna, Niger State capital.
The former leader, who arrived the polling unit along sides his wife at exactly 11am, said in an interaction with newsmen that he was impressed to see accreditation of registered voters at the polling unit going very smoothly and fast while others who were yet to be accredited conducted themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner.
He thereby appealed to Nigerians to cast their votes in an orderly manner for candidates of their choice, while they should also ensure that they maintained peace, adding that the nation could only witness meaningful development in an atmosphere of peace.
“I also want to seize this opportunity to thank God for the relative peace in the country especially since the commencement of the general elections. My appeal to the registered voters is that they should vote for candidates of their choice whom they can hold accountable for his stewardship in office,” he stated.
He, however, debunked the assertion in some quarters that the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was representing the interest of the Nigerian military, arguing that those who were saying that were neither being fair to the president-elect nor the Nigerian military as an institution.
“His Excellency, General Muhammadu Buhari came in his private capacity as a Nigerian to join the political party of his choice; he contested and won the election based on his personal recognition and the trust reposed in him by the Nigerian people. Therefore, it is an idle talk for anyone to classify him as a candidate of the military class,” said Abubakar.


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