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President Muhammadu Buhari meets IGP, INEC chairman at Aso Rock



President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 7 met with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and his team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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The president is also meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu at the seat of power.

Speaking at the meeting, President Buhari told the INEC chairman to ensure that elections were played by the rules, without fear or favour.

His words: “Those that you declare as winners must be the candidates that the people have chosen.

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“Democracy is about free will, and the will of the people must be allowed to prevail. Get your acts right, and leave no room for underhand tricks or manipulation.”

He said he was determined to give Nigeria an electoral system that meets with best practices anywhere in the world, and charged the electoral umpire to stick to the rules of fair play and adherence to justice.

Addressing the police boss, President Buhari said he wants nothing than a scrupulous securing of the electoral process, without bias or favouritism.

“Our elections must be done in a violence-free atmosphere. The process must be free, fair, decent, devoid of intimidation or malpractices. It is the duty of the police to accomplish that, and it is what I expect in the elections immediately ahead, and going forward,” he said.

Both institutions pledged to abide by the rules and regulations henceforth.