Ahead of this weekend’s Presidential and National Assembly elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), yesterday called on youths, particularly his die-hard supporters, not to take arms to the polling units on Saturday.
He made the call at the IBB Square in Bauchi, the Bauchi State capital, during the APC Northeast zonal rally.
Gen. Buhari, accompanied by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governors Kashim Shettima (Borno), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe) and the APC governorship candidates in Bauchi and Gombe states, was welcomed by a massive crowd.
Urging his supporters to be law abiding, the APC flag bearer said: “I was overwhelmed by the large turnout of youths that came out to welcome me from the airport throughout the town to this venue. I want to tell you that those of you that are of voting age and have voter cards should come out on Saturday and vote for the APC from bottom to top.
“I want to also tell you not to carry arms on the day of elections. Go out peacefully and cast your vote and be calm. I say this because the ruling party is looking for excuses not to conduct the elections, so you should not give them the opportunity to do so”, he advised.
Mr. Buhari also lamented the level of underdevelopment in the country, which he promised to address, if elected president.
Ex-Vice President Abubakar, who was the chief host of the rally, urged the APC flag bearer to rescue the Northeast out of the doldrums. He described the region as the most underdeveloped in the country.
“In our town, we have no water, no electricity, no good schools, no good roads and insecurity in now our biggest problem, unemployment and poverty. These are our challenges and I call on you to help us when elected as President come Saturday”, he said.
Mr. Abubakar, who hails from Adamawa in Northeast Nigeria, informed Mr. Buhari of the region’s commitment to his ambition to become the president saying; “In Nigeria, the north east is the third highest region with registered voters, the second highest in the north and I assure you that we will support your election100 per cent”.
The governors and the governorship candidates also spoke at the rally pledging not to disappoint the people if voted into the various offices.