President Muhammadu Buhari has cast his vote at polling unit 003, Sarkin Yara A in Daura, Katsina State, with a call to the electorate to vote for their preferred candidates even if politicians tried to offer them money.
The president, who briefly spoke to journalists both in the English and Hausa languages after casting his vote on Saturday, said his administration had been preaching against vote-buying and monetisation of politics, calling on politicians to desist from such acts.
“If they (politicians) still give you money, collect, but vote for your preferred candidates,” Mr Buhari maintained.
Buhari again thanked the electorate for trusting the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections where the party’s candidate, Bola Tinubu, emerged as the winner.
The president, who cast his vote at about 9.55 a.m., refused to ‘openly’ display his ballot paper as he did during the presidential election.
Meanwhile, Seyi Makinde, Oyo state governor and the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 gubernatorial poll, has commended voters’ turnout and peaceful atmosphere recorded across the state so far in the ongoing election.