President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to vote for political parties and candidates of their choice in the 2023 general election.
Buhari noted that no one would be allowed to mobilize resources and thugs to intimidate people in any constituency.
The Nigerian leader spoke in London on Wednesday evening after meeting King Charles III at Buckingham Palace.
“My goal is to make Nigerians believe that we respect them as an administration. This is why I want to go down in Nigerian history as a leader,” he said.
He said he was confident that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, would win the election.
According to him, APC is lucky to have Tinubu as its presidential candidate. When asked what the APC’s chances are in the 2023 elections, Buhari replied: We will win the elections.
“Tinubu, the presidential candidate, a very well-known politician in the country, he was governor for two terms in Lagos State, the most resourceful and visited state. So I think the party was lucky to get him to become a candidate,” he said.
The President said his meeting with King Charles focused on strengthening bilateral relations with the UK.
He said the British monarch was very interested in Nigeria “perhaps because of Nigeria’s long-standing relationship with Britain, our economic strength, I think we are still very attached to them.”
Buhari said he told King Charles he had no home in the UK.
“He (King Charles III) asked me if I had a house here (in UK), I said no, I live in Nigeria alone, the only house I have is the one I I had before entering the government and I’m not very interested in having houses everywhere. I feel much freer when I have nothing.