Ekiti 2018: Jonathan Warns Buhari Against Rigging Election
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against bowing to pressure to use presidential powers to rig the Ekiti State governorship election in favour of the APC.
Such action according to Jonathan would haunt Buhari at the end of his tenure.
He urged the President to use his powers to strengthen democracy in Nigeria.
The former President, who gave this advice during the inauguration of the first over-head bridge in Ado- Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, warned that President Buhari would be haunted by posterity if he does “because what you go with is the name that you leave behind.”
"I don’t believe anybody can defeat the PDP in Ekiti if election is going to be held.
"I want to advise President Buhari not to deploy power to truncate Ekiti election.
"Though as a President, you have the power, but don’t do that because of posterity.
"History will record whatever you do and the power of a leader is determined after leaving office and not when he is in the office."
“The will of the people must be allowed to stand at all times, because power belongs to them and we must respect their verdict through the ballots.
"I am using this opportunity to call on Mr. President. I was there, and I know (that) when you are there, there is so much pressure from everybody to use all the powers you have to subjugate democracy,” he said.
Jonathan said that advanced countries of the world today achieved greatness from the selfless sacrifices made by both leaders and followers.
Part of the sacrifices, he said, made by their leaders includes not interfering with the democratic process.
“All the great democracies you are seeing in the world, those great countries were built by people who made sacrifices to make their countries great.”
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