President Muhammadu Buhari has advised voters to pocket the money offered by politicians but still vote their conscience.
Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday during the governorship and state assembly elections in Daura, Katsina State.
“I am aware that the money is not there like before for people to sway voters like they used to do,” Buhari said.
“And if they bring out money now, the people should pocket it and still vote their conscience.”
The president also noted that he was not surprised by the results of the presidential elections on Saturday, February 25, which saw Bola Tinubu emerge as president-elect.
He expressed confidence that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will emerge victorious in the governorship and state assembly elections across the country.
“I am sure we are going to win, again,” Buhari told newsmen after casting his vote at Ward A, Sarkin Yara Polling Unit 003 in Daura, Katsina State.
Buhari added that Nigerians should have faith in APC and noted that the ruling party followed the constitutional procedure for the entire electoral process in choosing a party Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, who had served as a two-term governor in Nasarawa State, and legislator in the Senate, with experience that will secure the electoral value and relevance of the party.
“Nigerians trust us because we mean what we say and say what we mean. We have maintained that trust. We told Nigerians that we will work for them, and we have done our best in education and health facilities, and Nigerians appreciate our efforts.”
While speaking on the deepening of democratic culture and rising awareness among Nigerians, Buhari noted that the media had played a major role in empowering people with information on their rights and providing a platform for voters to challenge leaders on their promises and records.
“The media is doing very well in creating awareness and enabling the right conversation. You can hear the tough questions for leaders during interviews on TV, radio and other platforms, and the journalists always press for answers.”