The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to renege on his promise on free and fair elections in 2023.
The CNPP said keeping that promise will be a worthy legacy president Buhari can leave behind after his eight years in office.
The group, in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, said President Buhari should go beyond promises and pledges “and leave a legacy of free and fair elections.
“As a matter of unforgettable legacy, sign the electoral act amendments into law without fear or favour.
“President Goodluck Jonathan leaves behind two remarkable legacies: he signed the Freedom of Information Bill into law and conducted free and fair elections that saw an opposition party defeat a sitting President in Nigeria.
“Then President Jonathan went beyond that and conceded defeat even before the announcement of the final results of the presidential election in which he was a prominent and interested actor in, being a sitting President.
“The world will always stand at attention for a true leader with a democratic heart who is ready at all times to remain on the part of the rule of law, justice and equity.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to be such a leader in the remaining days of his tenure and give Nigerians credible, free and fair elections in 2023.
“This call has become necessary in view of the fact that all promises made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their presidential candidate during the 2015 and 2019 electioneering campaigns were not kept.
“For instance, today, Nigerians and the international communities, including the government of the United Kingdom, have been urging President Buhari to sign the amended Electoral Act 2021 into law.
“His foot-dragging attitude and the body language of the president cast doubt on the sincerity of President Buhari to keep his promises on free and fair elections in the country.
“It is also about time Nigerians saw electoral offenders in jail for their roles in violating the sanctity of the electoral process or for altering the will of the people during elections”.
President Buhari had, during a virtual summit for democracy organised by President Joe Biden of the United States on Friday, assured Nigerians and the international community of free and fair elections in 2023, pledging peaceful transfer of power to another administration after his tenure.