Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has sent message to Nigerians ahead of the Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states governorship elections on Saturday, 11 November 2023.
Jonathan disclosed this on Friday through his official X handle.
He urged electorates and politicians to avoid violence and conduct themselves peacefully during the polls.
According to him, “A man who means well for his people would not recruit thugs to maim and kill the very people he wants to govern”.
He reinterated “that nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any citizen. Therefore, let us resist the temptation and inducements that may be deployed as agents of destruction”.”For democracy to endure and be impactful, we must ensure that the leadership recruitment process, especially elections, are credible, transparent, fair and peaceful.
“I urge the electoral management body, security agencies and other stakeholders to be professional and patriotic in the discharge of their responsibilities during and after the election.
Democracy draws its strength from the people; let us work to strengthen the confidence of the people by ensuring that the electoral process is peaceful and transparent.
“It is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders to allow the people to choose their leaders peacefully. That way, our democracy will grow and become sustainable”, he said.