Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was accused of massively rigging the last presidential elections in Nigeria, running even without proper certificates, and robbing the polls in the northern state of Kano, on Tuesday played to the gallery, talking about his resolve to engender a free, fair and credible electoral process.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who went to court over alleged election rigging must have been scratching his head as he read Mr. Buhari’s words on Tuesday.
Mr. Buhari, who removed the Supreme Court head just weeks of the elections early last year, when it became apparent the apex court might disqualify him for lack of proper certification, urged the electoral body and the police on Tuesday to let Nigerians elect whosoever they wished to see in Aso Rock, the Nigerian seat of power.
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The President met at State House, Abuja, with Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, other top officials of the electoral body, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.l, his office said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.