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Election: Let’s Not Disappoint The World – Obasanjo

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Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday, February 1, 2015 advised Nigerians not to scuttle the forthcoming elections, stating that Nigeria could not afford and flops and the international community was keenly following the electioneering process.

Speaking at a public enlightenment programme on the electoral process, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State and convened by the Organisation of Tadhamunul Muslimeen and the Ogun State chapter of The Muslim Congress at, Obasanjo who was represented by Idowu Akanle stressed the importance of the elections tasking Nigerians to eschew violence during and after the polls.

Obasanjo said: “The elections are crucial and the international community is watching us. We should not disappoint them, by ensuring that the elections are free and fair.

“This election is for progress and development of this great country and should be devoid of sentiments, like religion, ethnic and nepotism.

“This election should be a unity election for all of us.”

“We must not make the mistake of allowing the international community to make jest of us; as such, those we want to beg are the Independent National Electoral Commission, who had just told us here on how the process would go, to assure us that it shall be well.

“You must be fully prepared. You must be up and doing. No excuses. You know all the terrain very well; there should be no delay and late arrival of voting materials.

“Where you are going to use boat to ferry on the water you know it, where it is going to be bicycle, you know it. So, there should be no unnecessary delay.

“A situation where somebody at Eggua will be phoning at 11am that they are still expecting materials will be unacceptable. A situation where the police will be telling us no fuel to move will be unacceptable.”


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