The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says President Muhammadu Buhari will accept the outcome of the 2019 general elections.
He says the president will not interfere in the works of the Independent National Electoral Commission
The former governor of Rivers state and minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has assured that President Muhammadu Buhari will stand by whatever the decision the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) makes in the 2019 general elections.
The Sun reports that the minister, who is also the director general of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, assured that President Buhari will not interfere in the work of the electoral body.
Legit.ng gathers that Amaechi stated this when he played host to a delegation from the European Union (EU) and ECOWAS in Abuja, on Thursday, November 1.
He said: “One assurance I will give you today (yesterday) is that we’ll stand by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and we will stand by whatever decision they make.
“The assurance I will give you from the President Buhari Campaign Organisation is that there will be no interference by the president. We’ll play by the rules and whatever the campaign team needs to do to ensure that the election is transparent, we will do.
“We’ll also ensure that the election is such that Nigerians will be proud of, and we hope that the rest who are contesting in other parties will also take the same position.”
In his remark, head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen, said: “We look forward to a good collaboration on this occasion of the 2019 general elections. We have had election observers in Nigeria for all general elections since 1999.
“For the EU, we really do not have any preferred candidate, we don’t have any preferred political party, we don’t promote any particular ideology in Nigeria.
“We have spent more than €100 million in giving support for electoral process. So, currently, we support INEC, we support the National Assembly, we support intra-party democracy and we support all stakeholders.
“We had also engaged actively in the party primaries and this gives us reason about the optimism of INEC to conduct elections.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that one of the former presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sam Nda-Isaiah has expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari would win the 2019 general election.
Nda-Isaiah said the good work being initiated under the leadership of the All Progressives Congress would be enough to return President Buhari back to power.
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is a Nigerian politician who served as the fifth Governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015. He was re-elected for a second term on 26 April 2011. Amaechi was a member of the People’s Democratic Party before defecting to the All Progressives Congress on 27 November 2013.
In 1999, he contested and won a seat to become a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly to represent his constituency. He was subsequently elected as the Speaker of the House of Assembly. Amaechi was elected the Chairman of Nigeria’s Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies. He was reelected into the State House of Assembly in May 2003 and was also re-elected as the Speaker. In 2003 when the National Assembly moved to hijack the legislative functions of the State house of Assembly as enshrined in the constitution, he and his colleagues took the matter to Nigeria’s supreme court and the court gave a judgment that the control and supervision of local government is the prerogative of the State House of Assembly.
Amaechi is currently the director general of the Buhari Campaign Organisation