President Muhammadu Buhari says more work is needed to perfect the conduct of elections in Nigeria.
The President made the remark when he received newly elected members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council’s (IPAC) Executive Committee in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
He frowned at what he described as “unhelpful electoral attitudes” of some electorate and politicians being witnessed in the political arena across the country.
The president particularly cited the recent elections in Kogi and Bayelsa as clear examples of such attitudes.
He said the electorate in some parts of the country were deprived the use of card readers and permanent voter cards during the last general elections, despite the enthusiasm that followed their introduction into Nigeria’s electoral system.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to support all necessary measures to ensure free, fair and credible elections in the country, including the use of card readers and permanent voter cards.
Buhari thanked IPAC leaders for their strong support for his candidacy in the build-up to the 2015 presidential elections.
He congratulated the newly-elected Chairman of IPAC, Malam Bashir Yusuf, who is also the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Movement.
In his remarks, Yusuf pledged the group’s support to President Buhari’s fight against insurgency and corruption in the country.
He also reaffirmed IPAC’s belief in the unity, progress and indivisibility of Nigeria.