President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to bequeath a free and fair electoral culture when he hands over in 2023 because he is a product of a free and fair contest.
The President spoke at a dinner with members of the legal team for the 2019 presidential election petition on Thursday in Abuja.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, recounted that the turnout of Nigerians during his presidential campaigns in the 36 states of the Federation in 2019 convinced him that his re-election was not a fluke.
The President told the legal team that he is already looking forward to a peaceful hand over in 2023, stressing that he was morally bound to fulfil that wish.
‘‘Morally I want to have a clear conscience. I swore by the Holy Book that I will abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
‘‘I will continue to do my best and I hope that by 2023, I can handover quietly to whoever succeeds me and I wish him the best of luck,’’ he said.
The President commended the legal team led by Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN for the outstanding legal successes recorded in the presidential election petition.
He praised the team for the effective legal strategy that thrived in piloting his election litigation.
On behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the President told the team to accept his commendations and best wishes for their meritorious service.