As Nigerians head to the polls on Saturday to elect their President, Senators, and House of Representatives members, Rt. Hon. Freeman Mbowe, Co- Chairperson of the Democrat Union of Africa (DUA) has issued a statement.
Mbowe said having monitored the campaign trail from the beginning, the DUA – the alliance of the centre-right political partiesiin the continent – congratulate its member, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and presidential andidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The co-chairperson noted that the PDP and Atiku carried out an incredible campaign in their mission to recover Nigeria from the economic, security and governance woes architected by the outgoing administration.
“The DUA is pleased to learn about the clearly stated PDP recovery plan because Nigeria is too important to the continent.
“The PDP Presidential candidate has demonstrated his awareness of how crucial it is to restructure Nigeria’s government in order to boost productivity.
“More importantly, the DUA commends the PDP and their Presidential candidate for comprehending that restructuring can only be accomplished through a concerted handshake between Nigeria s Executive and National Assembly.
“By starting to interact with the National Assembly and forging the alliances that will launch his Recovery plan if elected, Atiku Abubakar has demonstrated how he wants to achieve his vision for a united and prosperous Nigerian society.”
Predicted by the most recent POLAF polls, the PDP candidate is projected to win the elections and form the next Nigeria government.
Mbowe said if elected, Atiku has committed to creating a government of national unity which will be of benefit for Nigeria and the continent
“The DUA welcomes this pledge as we understand that a stable Nigeria means a stable Africa,” the statement added.
Given the political and security situation ahead of the elections, the DUA demands that; the government guarantee and protect the democratic right of all Nigerians to choose the leader they want by ensuring security throughout the process of voting, counting, and announcing the winner.
The union emphasised that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “remain uninterfered so that they are able to ensure a clean, credible, and free election for the good of Nigeria in particular and the African continent in general”.