NATIONAL BROADCAST: Obasanjo warns on polls

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ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT OBASANJO TO THE NATION ON THE EVE OF THE APRIL 14 ELECTIONS

Click here for short clip of speech:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/worldservice/focusonafrica/meta/dps/2007/04/070413_obasanjo?size=au&bgc=003399&lang=en-ws&nbram=1&nbwm=1

In 47 years of our nation’s political developmental history, notable landmarks have been recorded at critical periods in our journey of national self-discovery.
The governorship and state House of Assembly elections which come up tomorrow, Saturday, April 14 2007, as well as the presidential and National Assembly elections of Saturday April 21, 2007 represent a fundamental defining moment in our democratic consolidation process.

The eyes of all Nigerians, accredited international observers, and the entire international community are on the conduct and the outcome of this exercise.

From all indications, the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as all the relevant government agencies have concluded all necessary arrangements to ensure a peaceful, free, fair and transparent exercise.

The Federal Government on its part has made available adequate resources for the conduct of a successful and credible electoral process.

Adequate security measures have also been put in place to ensure that all Nigerians who wish to exercise their civic responsibility of voting for candidates of their choice are able to do so without let or hindrance.

It is a matter of great regret that some supposedly highly-placed individuals have been reported to be fanning the embers of discord, hatred, violence and destruction.

Let me assure all Nigerians that the Federal Government will leave no stone unturned in vigorously checking and sanctioning any acts of violence and thugery, and other excesses calculated to disturb the peace or disrupt the elections.

INEC has made adequate arrangements for the release of authentic election results. Any false results declared by any other source to misinform the public, cause confusion, and disrupt the election process will be seriously dealt with.

The two work-free days declared by government are meant to afford sufficient time to those Nigerians who need to travel out of their bases in order to cast their votes.

During the election period, law-abiding citizens are advised to avoid night travel and night movement except where absolutely necessary.

On election day, movement should be restricted to only essential purposes. Law enforcement agents will vigorously prosecute their lawful duties by checking suspicious movements by individuals or groups.

Attempts to gain entry into vital locations by unauthorised persons will be met with serious sanction. Those who are on duty in such vital locations

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