Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of Nigeria's People's Democratic Party, stands in front of the Wilbur J. Cohen Federal Building after an interview at Voice of America in Washington D.C. on January 18, 2019. Photo: EMMANUEL IKODOR, TODAY NEWS AFRICA
Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of Nigeria's People's Democratic Party, stands in front of the Wilbur J. Cohen Federal Building after an interview at Voice of America in Washington D.C. on January 18, 2019. Photo: EMMANUEL IKODOR, TODAY NEWS AFRICA

Nigeria’s main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has called on his countrymen to vote for him on Saturday and avoid a repeat of the past four years under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Atiku had described those years as catastrophically bad for Nigerians. He had said they were filled with proverty and inefficiency.

Nigerians are voting on Saturday after the electoral body postponed voting from February 16 to February 23.

Atiku said: “As you know, this Saturday we have our Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“The reason we have elections is to allow us to have our voices heard on how we have been governed for the last four years and who will govern us for the next four.

“On March 28th, 2015, we – the people of Nigeria – went to our polling units armed only with our PVCs and yet we were able to remove an incumbent President from office.

“That made me very proud to be a Nigerian and very proud to be a democrat.

“This Saturday we will have the opportunity to do so again.

“My message to you is simple: please come out and vote as this election is about your future and the future of our great nation. 

“On election day we are all equal as no single vote is more important than any other. 

“But if you do not vote you will be accepting that the next four years will be like the last.

“The power to get Nigeria working again is in your Permanent Voter Card.

“I will be voting with mine on Saturday and I call on you to please join me, irrespective of who you wish to vote for.

“God bless you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

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