President Muhammadu Buhari has said the introduction of the Permanent Voter Cards and card readers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the last general elections made the difference between the previous elections he had participated in and the last one he won.
Buhari said this in Washington during a meeting he had with the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, during his ongoing four-day official visit to the US.
Buhari again thanked the US for its support and assistance to Nigeria ahead of the elections.
He particularly thanked Kerry who visited Nigeria twice before the conduct of the March 28 presidential election when he presented American government’s position on the need for free and fair general elections in Nigeria.
He said Nigeria would remain grateful to the US for exerting pressure on the former government to ensure peaceful and credible elections.
The President said, “The United States’ message sent to the previous administration was clean and clear that the United States would not accept anything extra constitutional and that prepared the minds of Nigerians to make us arrive where we are today.”