Media Organisation (BMO) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for maintaining neutral position in just-concluded governorship election across the country.
BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, on Tuesday in Abuja, said Buhari, despite being a sitting president did not go out of his way to ensure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) got undue advantage in the elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari
According to BMO, this is obvious from Buhari’s deliberate non-interference at the just-concluded Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.
The BMO stressed that the era when elements of the ruling party would be given protection to write results is gone.
The statement read in part: “It is unthinkable that a ruling party in Nigeria will lose crucial states so soon after winning a presidential election.
“Nigerians are used to presidents using their enormous powers to retain their party in power at states level at all cost, regardless of the people’s will
“ Buhari has shown himself to be different in spite of what his perennial critics wanted Nigerians to believe.
“Here is a man who won by landslide in Kano, Bauchi and Sokoto states two weeks ago, but did not lean on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure victory for APC candidates in those states.
“The close contest in those states, invariably led to some people questioning his margin of victory without considering the Buhari phenomenon which transcends party leanings and affiliations, especially in Northern Nigeria.
“Oyo is another hitherto APC stronghold which the party lost to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr Seyi Makinde by a wide margin without the President making any effort to influence the outcome
“ it is, therefore, not surprising that the results so far announced by INEC largely reflected the will of the people, regardless of whether APC won or not.”