Jonathan shuns NSA Dasuki, pledges commitment to fair February elections

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians of his commitment to credible and peaceful polls next month and that the May 29 handover date remains sacrosanct.

The presidential assurance came amidst calls by some individuals, including the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for the postponement of the February general elections.

Mr. Dasuki’s call has also been denounced by the electoral agency, INEC, and the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

The President made the pledge, Sunday, during a closed-door meeting with the visiting United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, at the State House, Marina, Lagos, a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said.

The statement was signed by the President.

According to the statement, Mr. Jonathan had “a candid and constructive discussion” about a broad range of issues, concerning next month’s elections, bilateral relations and anti-terrorism fight, with his guest.

“I made it absolutely clear that the May 29th handover date is sacrosanct,” Mr. Jonathan said.

While saying he stressed his commitment to free, fair, and credible elections, he added he promised the American diplomat that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, would be provided with all resources to conduct hitch-free elections.

“I emphasised to Secretary Kerry that I am deeply committed to ensuring that our forthcoming election is free, fair, and credible.

“It is especially critical that all political parties abide by the Abuja Accord, which commits each to non-violence before, during, and after the election.

“In addition, the government will provide all resources that are required by the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that the election goes smoothly.

“I also emphasized that INEC is an independent body, which makes its own decisions without any interference from the government.”

The President said he was grateful to the U.S. for standing with Nigeria and its people in the nation’s fight against Boko Haram.

Further, he said he reiterated the commitment of Nigerian government to working together with the US to put an end to global terrorism, particularly Boko Haram, which has caused thousands of deaths in Northern Nigeria.

He promised that Nigeria would also work to deepen and consolidate on its bilateral relationship with the U.S.

Mr. Jonathan described Nigeria as a “vibrant democracy and the largest trading partner of the U.S. in Africa with over $18 billion in bilateral trade.”


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  • arewethishopeless

    Is February 14th not also sacrosanct?! Or what is this guy trying to say …

  • Action_Nigeria

    THERE SHOULD BE NO ELECTIONS UNTIL ARMY PRIVATE MOHAMMADU BUHARI SUBMITS HIS WASC TO INEC

    • tundemash

      m0ron….. we have moved on… look at the headline of this news !

  • Wähala

    Sec. John Kerry must have panicked the mumu and reminded him of die-hard African presidents who refused to leave after their tenancy expired and their landlords tossed them out. The US are very meticulous and crafty people, they simply read all my comments and have realized that if elections are held as scheduled in Nigeria, Dumbo will fall flat on his face without remedy. That’s why they’ve extracted this commitment from JoBoy. It’s a bait that will attract “reprisal actions” from the US ati influential allies across the globe should Dumbo renege on his promises. All options will remain open and on cards including “Abiola” ati “Idiagbon” solutions, if not outright recognition of a parallel APC-led government formed by a coalition of “concerned Nigerians” without PDP elements. I’m sure Kerry must have advised Dumbo to listen to the heartbeat of his nation and, “step aside” (IBB option) while assuring the US might consider providing him with soft landing by reaching out to Buhari. Their final discussion may have looked at the “Big Apple” (Abacha solution) that consumed Sani… #DumpDumboBiko2015!

    • Nameoh!

      Wahala, abeg inform those of us wey no sabi What was the “Idiagbon” solution?

  • BREAKING NEWS

    NO WASC ……….. NO ELECTION

    • Mark Nsikan

      no dumb phd holder

  • richkid

    Gej all the way!! Till 2019

    • Mark Nsikan

      yrs..at otuoke

  • blackdove

    Jonathan’s promises are as worthless as toilet paper. Just ask OBJ or Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

    • Bio

      As the Evil dove has deviously speculated, so as the minds of APC is and will never see their intentions full filed. GEJ keep on, keeping on.

  • Frances Jini

    In President GEJ administration conduct of free and fair elections in the country, including the 2011 poll which was adjudged to be the most credible election of its magnitude that has ever been conducted in the country.

  • Frances Jini

    President GEJ encourage the practice of true democracy by creating an enabling environment where people from diverse backgrounds and with divergent views and opinions can be accommodated

    • Mark Nsikan

      no he didnt,its enshrined in d constitution,he is duin his job,not anybodys favor.thank u

  • Truthometer

    Dumbo has no choice. The election must be held as scheduled. He changed his tone because he had been busted. Vote GMB for President!

    • Bio

      Done and dusted,APC will definitely be at the weeping end. Jonathan,the road to victory is on crusie control. Grand Master of Bokoharam,( GMB), has no poker card to play and check your Armada card. Ain’t no stopping GEJ.

      • Truthometer

        Your boss, Dumbo, was busted and he is singing a new song. Why are you people so afraid of election? Let us see what Dumbo/PDP will come up with again. GMB for President!

        • Bio

          Gm

  • Adoki Achine

    You people should all know that the president listens to foreigners more than he listens to his own people. Have you forgotten when that small girl Malala asked him to meet with the Chibok parents and that rascal Malema sent him to Maiduguri after he has refused to go there for years?

    • Adetayo Adewale Adebowale

      Funny,but Mr.Malema,a South African Federal Senator was very shocked by the Nigerian government response to bokoharam and the kidnapped school kids(200 girls),he really chewed out Goodluck Jonathan in a video on YOUTUBE.
      Thank You.

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  • Elis Davia

    President GEJ serves with humility and moderation, with simplicity and forthrightness; and with firmness and strength.

    • Mark Nsikan

      and corrption!!!

  • AboubakarAlahmad

    Mr C in C did not say anything clearly as regards meeting the election time table.He only reiterated Nigeria’s committed to the May 29 hand over date without giving emphasis to other election schedules.I de laugh!Tafidan Dogon Daji.

  • samson john

    GEJ all the way,let us vote for him to complete the good work he as started

    • abbadd

      Which good work? high corruption, unemployment, insecurity, little regard for the rule of law. Yourself you are unemployed and campaign for a man who has no plans of providing job for you. what a shame!

  • Hadiza Okafor

    That’s GEJ showin gthe right way once again. He is insuring proper elections to our people, but still GMB propagandists will blame him for clinging to power. Rich from a candidate who needed the army to let go power (that he had illegally seized).

  • Eze1

    after testing the waters

  • Akinfenwa Mikel

    Now are we done with the APC machine saying Jonathan will do anything to hold onto power? BUhari and the APC demand elections on Feb 14 and handover on May 29, and Jonathan agrees even though it increases likelihood of danger and people not getting voter cards. I will laugh when everything goes Buhari way but he still loses in a landslide on Feb 14.

  • Lanre

    If this is true; GEJ, you compliment my believe that you are not a bad man, but you have bad advisers.
    Your administration is still a Failure.

    • Lanre

      If this is true; GEJ, you complement my believe that you are not a bad man, but you have bad advisers.
      Your administration is still a Failure.

  • chukwu smart

    That shows a true leader GEJ, u ve proven to d nation and especially to Apc dat want to clinched power by all means dat election will still hold come 2015, GEJ all d way

  • AdemolaO

    So much for the APC propaganda claiming he plans to cling to power at all costs. They should take a long hard look at themselves, having chosen GMB as a leading candidate.

  • Emmanuel Gbadamosi

    There is such a drastic gap between GEJ who tries his hardest to provide every Nigerian with the fairest elections possible and his opponent, Mr Buhari, who has incited for the use of post-election violence which caused the death of close to 1000 during the 2011 elections. In the light of the recent attacks against GEJ’s meeting where 6 were injured, one has to wonder how long Buhari will respect hiw own word.

  • FadeelahO

    I applaud our President’s commitment to ensure that the upcoming elections will be free from violence. To this day, he has undertaken every possible step to improve the democratic process in our country. His pledge on the 29th of May 2010 will be seen in the future as the day where Nigeria stood up against dictatorship and I am confident in saying that his opponents do not stand a chance against a man like this.

  • Victor Okonkwo

    Those are the words of a sensible man. GEJ is a man of peace. He will never promise you the moon, or call for a revolution. His was Nigeria’s youngest ever democratically elected President, assuming office at 53, but displays qualities of a wise leader : unrelenting, patient, strong-willed. Little by little he will enhance and strengthen democracy, our economy, and fill the social divide in our country. Just give him more time.

  • Niyi Akinlabu

    Now that he has rescheduled the election via subterfuge, what do his supporters here have to say? This Dumb Guy has broken every promise he has ever made