President Jonathan met with the delegation of the National Committee on peaceful elections, led by former head of state, gen Abdulsalami Abubakar and reiterated his commitment to a free, fair and peaceful elections. He said all the political parties’ candidates and their supporters should approach the elections with more patriotism and a greater willingness to place the larger interest of the country above personal interest.
President Jonathan assured the committee that the government has worked hard to promote strong democratic institutions and would not tolerate violence during or after the general elections. He said my cardinal principle has always been, and still remains that the ambition of any Nigeria is not worth the blood of anybody. He said ‘I am not a violent person and I don’t tolerate violence in any form. I don’t believe that violence can be used to achieve anything meaningful in life. He added that ‘I am giving my total commitment to peaceful elections in the country, not, because I am persuaded to do so, but because I believe in it.’
He said, in most cases, you see the opposition heating up the polity so hard because they are working hard to take over government. There are a lot of provocative statements that are being made that communicate something different to the international community. But I believe the elections would be conducted. He added that the issues heating the polity are due to the excesses of politicians, especially the opposition politicians at all levels.
He promised that the elections will be free, fair, and credible and will ensure that the atmosphere will be peaceful.
In another development, President Jonathan also met with the international election monitors made up of the commonwealth, African Union and the European Union.at the Presidential villa, Abuja. The President also reiterated the fact that the opposition politicians were responsible for the tension in the country. He said it was due to their desperation.
"They called Goodluck Jonathan, who gave you YouWIN and SURE-P, and PRESSID Scholarships clueless. So what do we call APC that gives you wheelbarrow? They said GEJ was tribalistic yet his NSA, CDS, IGP, CNS, CGP and minister of defense were from the North. So what do we say of President Muhammadu Buhari whose DG DSS is from his own hometown and whose Minister of Defense, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, NSA, IGP, CGP, CGI, CGP are all from his Northern Region? You see, no matter how far falsehood has travelled, it must eventually be overtaken by truth!"
-Reno Omokri(aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan)
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