Nuhu Ribadu, Nigeria’s national security adviser, affirms the commitment to conducting fair and credible off-cycle polls in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo on November 11.
With the upcoming off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo scheduled for November 11, Nuhu Ribadu, the national security adviser (NSA), has emphasized the importance of conducting free and fair elections, backed by President Bola Tinubu’s directive.
Ribadu addressed the matter during a crucial gathering of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security (ICCES) in Abuja.
This meeting witnessed the presence of Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
During the event, Ribadu reassured Chairman Yakubu of the readiness of security agencies for the upcoming polls.
He underscored their dedication to fulfilling the security prerequisites for a smooth election.
Ribadu explained, “We just have just two weeks to the election. Already, a lot of work has gone into preparation. The security interaction is also ongoing.”
Emphasizing the commitment of the government to ensuring a transparent election, Ribadu revealed President Bola Tinubu’s directive.
He conveyed, “He wants to see a free, fair, credible election.”
This election holds significant importance as it marks the first election under President Tinubu’s supervision.
He is eager to support INEC and all Nigerians in ensuring a credible electoral process.
Ribadu further added, “He also said we should tell everyone, including the politicians, there is nothing more important than to have a free and fair election if we want this country to move forward.”
In line with President Tinubu’s vision, Ribadu provided assurance to Nigerians regarding the upcoming election.
He asserted that it would surpass previous elections in terms of transparency and credibility.
He stated, “This election will be without interference. This election is going to be without violence. This election is going to be credible.”