Ondo: If we can’t conduct election in one state then we should forget about 2019 – Buhari | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the security agencies to do their utmost in ensuring violence-free elections in Ondo and Rivers states.

The President who lamented the rate of violence during elections, however, said that  the 2019 elections should be forgotten if a peaceful election cannot be successfully conducted in one state.

In a statement made available to newsmen by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, it said Buhari who gave the statement at a state dinner in Benin, the Edo state capital, on Monday, also said that the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Ondo and National and State Assembly rerun elections in Rivers will serve as a litmus test for the general elections in 2019.

‘‘What happened in the last elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers State disturbs me a lot. I think we should go beyond these actions. Why do we kill each other? Putting tyres on people and setting them ablaze,” asked the President.

‘‘I have told the law enforcement agencies, if we can’t conduct an election in one state then we should forget about 2019,’’ the President said.

Acknowledging the role played by outgoing Governor Adams Oshiomhole in ensuring the success of the APC in the last gubernatorial elections in the state, President Buhari challenged the Governor-elect, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to continue in Oshiomhole’s footsteps of providing purposeful leadership in terms of quality infrastructure, education and social services.

‘‘The publicity your predecessor has given his performance is going to stretch you to the limit. “Considering what he has done, you have to continue in his footsteps. We wish you the best of luck and will do our best to support you,’’ the President said.

On the current economic challenges in the country, the President assured Nigerians that his administration was working hard on diversification of the economy to limit the country’s over-dependence on oil over the years.

“This country has incredible mineral resources. All we need is to believe in ourselves so that we can have and leave a better Nigeria for our children and grandchildren,’’ the President said.

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  1. we will not forget 2019 elections because we did not forget the one that brought you in. fix it that is why you are the president.

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  2. Only in 2015, we celebrated peaceful (whether or not free or fair) elections, what a sick nation always dancing backwards.

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  3. So weak and mean man to be a President. Enough said to show he is sure behind all that is happening in INEC. This man is not ready to leave office come 2019. If by 2016 he is already agitating for 2019. Then Nigerians should be ready for more blood ( crises in politics and during elections ), hunger and starvation. If the INEC chairman is not efficient in carrying out his duties then she should be sacked and replaced. Why talk about 2019

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  4. We understand your body language, that was why u intended to request for emergency power under the guise of trying to fix the economy that collapsed under your watch so that by 2019, u will exercise the emergency power to tell Nigerians that their would no election. Baba God pass all of una.

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