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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:44

Nobody should rig for me - President Jonathan

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Nigerian president pleads for fair and free election

President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Nigerians in general and ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in particular to shun rigging of elections for him in the forthcoming presidential election. The president made the warning as he received a group of 21 leaders of civil society organisations that paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa at Aso Rock.

President Goodluck Jonathan said, "I am a PDP person but if PDP is involved in violent campaigns, you have to condemn such very strongly and clearly. I have told my PDP family that nobody should rig for me. We must conduct free and fair general elections, and every vote of the electorate must count come April."

He continued, "We must all collectively condemn electoral violence because if we damage the country, then we lose collectively. You must stand up against electoral violence and rigging of election irrespective of political parties."

According to Daily Trust President Jonathan commented that his "government’s confidence on the integrity of members of civil society groups has been demonstrated in the appointment of two civil society advocates, Prof. Attahiru Jega as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Dr. Sam Amid as Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), to oversee critical aspects of national life."

Daily Trust wrote that "The President said government will continually engage civil society groups constructively to fast-track national growth and development through the Special Adviser to the President on Relations with Civil Society, Chineme Ume-Ezeoke, who was also present at the meeting."

Nigerian achieving a free and fair election with little or no hiccup will boost the country's confidence and shows Nigeria's maturity, discipline and democratic ascendency.


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