A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Maiduguri - The Federal Government said on Tuesday that it had put in place adequate security for all Nigerians before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.
Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, the Minister of State for Power, said this in Maiduguri at a town hall meeting in support of President Goodluck Jonathan.
This is contained in a statement issued in Maiduguri by Olawale Rasheed, Special Assistant to Wakil on Media.
It said the minister called on Nigerians living in different parts of the country to remain in their respective places and cast their votes toward the victory of President Jonathan, rather than flee to their home states.
"I call on Southerners living in the North to remain and use their votes to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan on the March 28 election,'' Wakil said.
"I want to assure that the Federal Government will secure all citizens in their states of residence before, during and after the elections," he said.
Wakil said that running away from the North would deprive many southerners of their voting power.
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"This country belongs to all of us and you must stay and use your vote to elect your preferred leader.
"I urge those who have left to return and we appeal to those thinking of leaving to shelve the idea," he said.
"I am happy to hear that you have started mobilisation for the re-election of Jonathan and our Borno PDP Governorship Candidate, Alhaji Mohammed Imam.
"A PDP government in Borno will ensure that non indigenes are well represented in government in line with the tradition of the state," he said.
The minister said a vote for Jonathan was a choice for continuous transformation of Nigeria for the better.
He said it was in the interest of the North to vote for Jonathan so that by 2019 the region could commence its tenure till 2027.
"I have repeatedly warned our people against supporting a one-term presidency which Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has been committed to," Wakil said.