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Key quotes in the presidential election

2015-03-28 07:43
Presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari delivers a speech during a campaign rally on January 19, 2015, in Kaduna. Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan on February 14, 2015 as the APC seeks to  ~ CHRIS STEIN

Lagos - The talking is over in the presidential election campaign, as voters go to the polls on Saturday. But here are five key quotes from the build-up:

"Goodwork in progress... Vote goodwork... vote Goodluck."

- Newspaper advertisement supporting President Goodluck Jonathan

The sitting president has been keen to portray himself as a continuity candidate, pleading for four more years to finish what he calls his "transformation agenda".

Also Read: President Jonathan arrives in home town for elections

But the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has claimed his time in office has been a failure, with corruption rampant, insecurity rife and the economy mismanaged.

"Before you is a former military ruler and a converted democrat who is ready to operate under democratic norms and is subjecting himself to the rigours of democratic elections for the fourth time."

- APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari

The former army general has been keen to play up his democratic credentials in the face of repeated attacks from the ruling party about his time as head of a military government in the 1980s.

Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that the 72-year-old is yesterday's man and his no-nonsense approach to corruption and indiscipline would mean dictatorship by other means.

"If the security of personnel, voters, election observers and election material cannot be guaranteed, the lives of innocent young men and women and the prospect of free, fair and credible elections will be greatly jeopardised."

- Attahiru Jega, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

The INEC boss delayed voting by six weeks from February 14 after warnings that soldiers would not be able to provide security nationwide.

Also Read: 50 000 ballot papers missing in Delta

The postponement was seen by some as a pretext for Jonathan to claw back ground from Buhari in the campaign but has also seen a series of claimed military successes against Boko Haram in the northeast.

"This election will not be held even if we are dead. Even if we are not alive, Allah will never allow you to do it."

- Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

The elusive head of the Islamist militant group vowed to disrupt the elections, calling the vote "un-Islamic".

A wave of suicide attacks and bombings at "soft" targets such as markets and bus stations followed, raising fears of the safety of voters on polling day.

"Any person who incites or engages in acts of violence in the context of the upcoming elections or otherwise -- including by ordering, inciting, encouraging or contributing to the commission of crimes that fall within ICC's jurisdiction -- is liable to prosecution; either by Nigerian Courts or by the ICC."

- Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

The ICC has left Nigerians in no doubt as to the possible consequences of serious election-related violence

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