THE presidential candidate of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Onwubuya John Breakforth, has urged Nigerians to come out and cast their votes on Saturday and other schedules of this year’s general elections.
He told newsmen in Abuja that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is ready to give Nigerians the best of democratic experience and should be supported to achieve that.
Breakforth also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver a nationwide address to Nigerians, especially to tell security agencies that he did not instruct them to kill Nigerians extra-judicially.
This, he said, would prevent voters apathy, as the President’s comment on ballot box snatching could be misinterpreted by some overzealous security agents.
He also lamented that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, who are the two leading candidates have been engrossed in accusations and counter accusations, stating that the nation was not at war.
“We condemn the persistence trade of words between APC and PDP, accusations and counter accusations. Nobody should throw this country into war zone because of his political ambition,” he said.
Breakforth who absolved INEC of wrong doing over last week’s election postponement, said the postponement happened in the interest of the nation, as INEC was confronted with huge challenge of fielding over 3,000 candidates at once.
“INEC postponed election last week in the interest of the country. This is the first time, INEC is fielding over 3,000 candidates and one could imagine the challenge. More so, INEC postponed the election due to sabotage by some government agencies responsible for movement of sensitive materials,” Onwubuya said.
He said, “FJP is fully in the race for all elective offices across the country. Our FCT Senatorial Candidate Archbishop Prof. Leonard Bature Kawas has not step down for any body and are fully in the race to win FCT Senatorial seat and give new face to FCT residents. We urge all FCT residence and indeed all Nigerians to vote for the ‘HORN’ party at all levels.
He expressed optimism that the presidential polls slated for Saturday would be free and fair, adding that the umpire was well prepared.
He however Nigerians will no longer tolerate any excuses from INEC, and therefore urged the electoral umpire to ensure that all the likely lapses are addressed.