President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he lost at the polls during the 2003, 2007 and 2011 presidential elections because the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was at the time awarding votes based on the “constituencies” of presidential candidates.
Speaking when he received members of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, led by its President, Reverend (Dr) Samson Ayokunle in State House, Abuja, Buhari stated that the use of permanent voter cards and the card reader made it possible for him to emerge as President in 2015.
His words, “When I decided to put on this Agbada to see what the people are seeing in it, I tried three times, 2003, 2007 and 2011, but the fourth time, in 2015, I succeeded. We thank God and technology in the form of permanent voters card and card reader, because what they used to do was to look at constituencies, award the votes and then they will say whoever didn’t agree should go to court. When people are looking for what to eat, where do they have the money to go to court to pay the SANs?”
The President however told the visitors that he had assurances from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that the 2019 elections will be free and fair as he has been victim of fraudulent elections and beneficiary of free and fair election in the past.
Buhari said he is doing his best to fulfil his electoral promises of securing the country, fighting corruption and resuscitating the economy, pointing out that fighting corruption takes longer time especially with the need to adhere to the rule of law.
“It is on record that some cases initiated by the anti-graft bodies since 2003 are yet to be concluded. We will, however, not be discouraged. Where monies have been recovered, such monies will not find their way back to the looters as I have directed EFCC to account for every money it has recovered and put them in a dedicated account,” he said.
The President told the visitors that government was working towards finding a lasting solution to the clashes between herdsmen and farmers, insisting that his vision and objectives for Nigeria are very clear and he is on course to achieving them.