President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Nigerians not to sell their votes during elections or be forced to face whatever consequences that fall out of it.
He gave the warning in his Independence Day speech on Thursday morning.
Buhari said Nigerians who sell their votes should be prepared to be denied their rights.
The president went further to state that he is a firm believer in transparent, free, fair and credible elections.
President Buhari also noted that the outcome of Edo gubernatorial election of September 19, 2020 should be an encouragement to Nigerians that he is committed to ensuring that the electorate’s votes count.
His statement read:
“The recent build-up and eventual outcome of the Edo State elections should encourage Nigerians that it is my commitment to bequeath to this country processes and procedures that would guarantee that the people’s votes count.
“The problems with our electoral process are mainly human-induced as desperate desire for power leads to desperate attempts to gain power and office.
“Democracy, the world over and as I am pursuing in Nigeria, recognizes the power of the people. However, if some constituencies choose to bargain off their power, they should be prepared for denial of their rights.
“This call is made more urgent if we realise that even after a transparent, free, fair and credible election, desperation leads to compromising the judiciary to upturn legitimate decisions of the people.“