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I find it necessary to, firstly, pay tribute to every member of our great party, and our long-suffering people who directly bear the costs of the cancellation of the first phase of our general elections that was to commence on February 16th, 2019. #PDPNECMeeting
I am sure we can all relate to the losses and burden on our citizens who travelled to various destinations for the exercise. #PDPNECMeeting
This is in addition to the burden on election personnel willing to sacrifice in furtherance of our democracy. #PDPNECMeeting
Inadequately prepared and yet deployed to hostile centers, these personnel, like us all, have also become victims of the potentially destructive path upon which our country has been thrust. #PDPNECMeeting
Nevertheless, together we stand poised on the edge of victory, but we must not let down our guard or lessen our resolve as we have an opponent who will stop at nothing to retain power. #PDPNECMeeting
Our goal is not to gain power for our own sake, but for the people of our country who have been so hard hit by four years of APC cluelessness and incompetence. #PDPNECMeeting
Four years which have seen 14 million more of our people without jobs, more of our people killed than ever before and more of our people living in extreme poverty than any other nation on this planet. #PDPNECMeeting
Let us not forget that in the last three years of the last PDP administration, Nigeria had become the largest economy in Africa and in each of those years, we had the fastest growth rate in our continent. #PDPNECMeeting
And so true to our values and commitment to chart a new path for our beloved country, our campaigns have been issues based, offering Nigerians hope for a better tomorrow; while demanding free, fair, transparent and credible elections from the government. #PDPNECMeeting
The feedback from our supporters throughout the country confirmed their desire and willingness to entrust their destiny to us as a viable alternative to their hopelessness. #PDPNECMeeting
However, it now appears that our participatory democracy which we have enjoyed for 20yrs, which empowers our citizens to decide who leads them, is under threat. #PDPNECMeeting
This is worrisome, considering the great sacrifices including the ultimate sacrifice made by many to uphold the tenets of democracy in our country. #PDPNECMeeting
You will recall that during the Peace Accord process, I stated in clear terms, quoting former President @GEJonathan that “my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.” #PDPNECMeeting
Today, I call on General @MBuhari, to make that same commitment to the people whose mandate he holds, while also urging all security agencies to uphold our constitution with an understanding that voting is a civil activity and civic responsibility. #PDPNECMeeting
The Nigerian military is constitutionally responsible for protecting our national integrity and its borders and has no role to play in the conduct of elections. #PDPNECMeeting
Additionally, I call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), once again to remain impartial arbiters while ensuring that they conduct credible elections, this time around. #PDPNECMeeting
INEC must ensure that all logistical challenges are addressed between now and Saturday, the 23rd, and that all materials retrieved from the field are inspected by participating political parties before the commencement of the elections. #PDPNECMeeting
My fellow Nigerians & party men and women, I am certain that you have also keenly followed with interest, utterances from the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) & Gen. @MBuhari, which is a painful reminder of the era of dictatorship and military rule. #PDPNECMeeting
General @MBuhari has repeatedly violated the constitution and failed to uphold the rule of law. #PDPNECMeeting
Recent instances include the unconstitutional suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the day before he was to appoint the judges for the electoral tribunals that will decide any appeals of whether any of our elections were subject to manipulation. #PDPNECMeeting
Thereby crossing the immutable line that divides the Executive from the Judiciary. #PDPNECMeeting
Alas, my concerns do not end there. Only yesterday General @MBuhari said “the military and police should be ruthless” and “anybody who disturbs the voting system, will do it at the expense of his own life.” #PDPNECMeeting
It is quite shocking for any head of state to utter such words in a democracy. A pre-condition for ‘free, fair and credible’ elections is that the people are able to cast their vote without fear of violence. #PDPNECMeeting
Elected into office by the votes of the people in what is considered Nigeria’s most free, fair and credible election, you owe it to our people to let them give their verdict in the same way you were elected. #PDPNECMeeting
If you do, history will commend you for it. If you don’t history will condemn you for it. #PDPNECMeeting
We must now turn our attention to the upcoming elections this Saturday, where the destiny of our people and country will resoundingly be decided. #PDPNECMeeting
In spite of last weeks’ disappointment, I urge all Nigerians to come out and vote for the candidate of their choice, keeping in mind our desire to build a democratic and economically viable nation that will be respected amongst the league of democratic nations. #PDPNECMeeting
So, let me reassure you my friends: we are going to win these elections. And to our long-suffering citizens, I say do not despair, our time is now, and together we shall reshape the destiny of our beloved country. #PDPNECMeeting
Together we can make Nigeria work again
God bless you and God bless Nigeria. #PDPNECMeeting #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain
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