President Goodluck Jonathan has asked candidates in Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections to accept the outcome of the polls.
President Jonathan made the call in a Facebook post Friday. He urged contestants in the elections to accept the will of the people.
“I urge contestants to respect the will of the people as we promote a new Nigeria that is a pacesetter and light bearer in the practice of democratic politics without bitterness. May God bless Nigeria,” he said.
President Jonathan was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the last presidential election.
He lost to the opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Candidates but promptly accepted defeat in what is now regarded as Nigeria’s first.
He also asked Nigerians to come out and cast their votes.
“As Nigeria returns to the polls tomorrow, I encourage all registered voters to come out en masse and exercise their right to vote,” he said.
Mr. Jonathan said he has instructed security agents to fully facilitate the right of Nigerians to choose leaders of their choice at the gubernatorial and assembly levels by remaining non-partisan and ensuring that everyone votes in a secure environment.
The Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections are set to determine the leaders that will take care of the affairs in each the 29 states in Nigeria.