Nigeria2015: Jonathan assures elections will hold as scheduled

President Goodluck Jonathan and other presidential candidates at the Presidential Debate

President Goodluck Jonathan, Sunday, assured that the general elections would hold as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission on March 28 and April 11.

He gave the assurance at the rescheduled presidential debate held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The debate, organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group, was boycotted by Mr. Jonathan’s main challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

The president was paired with Martin Onovo of the National Conscience Party, NCP; Oluremi Sonaiya of KOWA Party; Godson Okoye of the United Democratic Party, UDP; and Chekwas Okorie of the United Progressives Party, UPP.

The rest of the 14 presidential candidates, except Mr. Buhari, had earlier participated in different sessions of the debate.

Responding to questions from a three-member panel, Mr. Jonathan allayed fears that the Presidential and the National Assembly elections and those of Governorship and State Houses of Assembly, which had been shifted from February 14 and 28, respectively, would be postponed again.

He commended Nigerians for showing interest in the electoral process.

“Let me use this opportunity to thank Nigerians for showing so much interest in the electoral process and to reassure Nigerians that the elections will be conducted as scheduled by INEC, the Presidential and National Assembly elections on the 28th of this month and the governorship and state assembly elections on the 11th of next month,” he said.

The president said if the PDP was given a fresh four-year mandate, it would consolidate on the achievements it had recorded in all sectors of the economy.

He said his administration recorded undeniable achievements in the agricultural sector and had begun to encourage young ones to take to farming, especially now that the traditional farmers were already getting old.

On education, Mr. Jonathan said in the next four years most of Nigerian universities would be equipped to enable them compete with other universities in the world.

He said though education is on the concurrent list, the Federal Government would continue to assist the educational institutions in other tiers of government through Universal Basic Education.

The president said if re-elected, he would also focus on the rehabilitation of the people of the North East to strengthen the success recorded so far in dislodging Boko Haram insurgents.

He assured that his administration would provide adequate security for Nigeria.

Mr. Onovo said the NCP administration under him would overhaul the oil industry and that it would not privatise the downstream sector. He said the nation would stop importation petroleum but instead make the refineries to work at optimal capacity.

On agriculture, the NCP candidate said his administration would review the National Agricultural Management System and create an environment that would enable farmers have access to credit facilities.

He blamed corruption for the rots in all the sectors of the nation’s life and insisted that “all we need is right leadership.”

Mrs. Sonaiya said she would pursue sufficiency in mechanisation of agriculture in Nigeria, encourage cooperative societies and diversify the economy.

She canvassed a “Marshall Plan” for the rehabilitation of the insurgency-ravaged North East, as was done in Germany after the World War.

Mr. Okorie lamented the non-passage of the PIB by the National Assembly, saying it was scandalous.

He said the UPP administration would break the cartel in the oil industry an€d also scrap the Land Use Act.

He also said his administration would pursue the issue of resource control, saying it would help the nation to develop.

“We shall go for resource control so that those who have whatever God has given them will use it and contribute to the centre,” Mr. Okorie said.


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  • Uzoma John

    Anyone can see that even the smaller parties with small or no followership can articulate what they want for Nigeria than our President Jonathan. It’s a big shame. Why should anyone then vote for Jonathan? Please Nigerians, secure your future and that of your unborn generation from by voting Buhari. Jonathan is corrupt and a complete failure.

    • BIO

      Corrupt as Who? As your DAD.

      • Uzoma John

        If my Dad is corrupt, I will forsake him. That is why all Nigerians are forsaking clueless, corrupt Jona, regardless of tribe, region or religion. Government of the thieves, for the thieves. March 28 has finally come. Get ready to join your folks in exile.

        • begy

          How I wish you started this corruption clearing campaign earlier than now? Corruption did not start today. It started from early 70s, when the military took power, and has developed strong root. Corruption is even more prevalent amongst the civil servants than the politicians. It is an obvious case in Nigeria. What we want now, is strategy to stamp it out of the system. If the civil systems are not cleansed, any president will not fair better.

          • Uzoma John

            That is no excuse. Cleansing must start from somewhere. If we have given Jonathan 6 years and he wasted it, it is now for us to do something different. You don’t expect to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. GEJ has failed in all ramification. We all know the antecedents of Buhari. He is the cleanest of all politicians in Nigeria today, despite all the false propaganda by PDP against him. All we need is for the head to be good and the rest of the body will fall in line. But once the head is rotten, forget it. This is our present predicament in Nigeria. GEJ is very corrupt and should go back to Otuoke.

  • Acosta

    No chance for GMB in Aso rock. GEJ all the way

    • kingsley obi

      Tell them some more.

  • Tunde I

    I didnt bother watching this sham debate, and judging by some of the comments I’ve seen on social media, I made the right decision. After watching Goodluck Jonathan on the BBC interview a few days ago, I vowed not to put myself through that torture anymore. Wow, that was disappointing. What exactly is the role of Abati please? Does he not prep this guy for interviews with the international media? Truly shameful. The BBC interviewer asked Jonathan on what basis he says he will re-election, and all our “cerebral PhD holder” president can say is that PDP is the biggest and strongest party, not what policies and changes he has made to better the lives of Nigerians for the last 5 years, not what measurable indices his government has made to the country, not how he intends to build and improve on that if re-elected. I could not believe my ears. And whilst the interviewer was asking hard hitting but fair questions, Jonathan was eyeing him up and down, with contempt written on his face.
    We are doomed if this guy is somehow retained as president for another 4 years, truly doomed.

    • Maria

      The man is brain dead. Why are you pained? I have finally lost hope in Nigeria that always produces morons as its leaders.

    • richkid

      Hear yourself! Your buhari cannot face an interactive press he just want to come and read what amaechi wrote for him!. Why did he boycott the debate, criminal!!! I will fight corruption, how will he do that, he can’t tell. GEJ all the way

      • begy

        Very disrespectful. Even if it is mock debate, Nigerians expect who ever that wants to govern them to at least use the forum to enumerate his goals. This is opportunities any serious leader should yearn for. I am totally disappointed. Thisay cause Buhari some votes.

        • Wale

          Totally agree my friend. This is final proof that buhari still does not support the democratic process. Presidential debates are where the incumbent and presidential aspirants are placed on equal level. He participated in the killing of Ironsi, and then spearheaded the toppling of Shagari. He simply has no respect for any government that he is not at the head of. Then he was asked about being a former dictator in London, and he answered that he was a “converted democrat”. How can that be true, if he cannot participate in a simple debate? This should indeed cost buhari much votes if voters were objective, but then those that hate Jonathan do so just because of his ethnicity, and not that he is the worst ever Nigerian leader.

    • begy

      Every world leader prepare for interview or debates before hand.Most of the time, experts in that field are brought in for that purpose. I didn’t watch the interview, but if Mr. President didn’t do well, his aids should be held responsible. His Phd has nothing to do with the interview. Most world leaders do not even have first degree, but always surround themselves with experts for advice.

  • richkid

    How obvious it is. This is leadership by example. After Niara collapse, it is expected that the price of goods will increase but because most of what we consume is now been produced inside NIGERIA, nothing happened! Price is still the same even in textile, look at education records the same improvement. Highest GDP in Africa. What is left to tag this man a great man, an achiever and even some opposition can now acknowledge that. GEJ all the way

    • John Smith

      You are a liar. What is the price of flour now, the price of sugar increased 2 weeks ago. The prices of noodles and spaghetti increased too. Even biscuits etc.

      • richkid

        Liar non of them increased. Don’t tell me what am into

  • emmanuel

    we believe the election will hold and PDP will win

  • uduak akpan

    nothing will stop the election not to hold as scheduled

  • uzo

    come rain come sun election will hold period

  • Divine West

    GEJ has already won the election because of his track records who doesn’t like it should enter hole. Buhari non attendance at the debate shows his incapability to rule Nigeria.

    • kingsley obi

      Thank you sir.

  • Bassey

    If it’s that easy why didn’t that illiterate show up? He’s hiding under the arrogance of APC to hide his memory lost, maybe he would have mistaken Nigeria for Niger this time. Jonathan carry go.

  • Nelson David

    The deputy to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Mr Tele Ikuru, Sunday, dumped his All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing the APC “As a party of rebels, insurgents and anarchists, clothed in robes of pretense and deceit sates that the more he struggle to belong the more the Rivers in him reject APC. GEJ IS THE NEXT PRESIDENT WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

    • Papashango77

      Do you have the powers to make him President?

      • read the writing on the wall, it’s not about having the power, the writings are clear enough.

        • Papashango77

          Please read it for me

      • kingsley obi

        How can you make such a comment? are you that dumb? or haven’t you heard that your vote is your power?

        • Papashango77

          I thought you were sensible enough to know that only you cannot make Jonathan President. On Saturday go and cast your vote for Jonathan. Lets see who carries the day.

        • Papashango77

          U have just one vote man!

  • favourtalk

    The more GEJ talks, the more he shoot himself at the leg, he has failed this one. Nigeria must change. Scandal that rocked the debate is enough to show that PDP is gone

  • Well everything will go as scheduled, so its just a fews days remaining, jonathan has and will always be a better choice and not buhari.

  • chinwe davis

    carry on GEJ, #teamjona, victory is sure.

  • That one is for sure, he has said and it shall be so, he surpasses GMB in basically everything, so who do you expect will emerge victorious, jonathan of course.

  • Emeka215

    May 29th is Sacrosanct!

  • Enumah

    Mr Okorie spoke well. His statement regarding regions controlling their resources and using it to contribute to federal revenue should be looked into.

  • Kufere

    Where is Buhari?. How do we know what he has in stock for Nigeria if he won’t come out and tell the whole world his intentions. A clear conscience fears no accusation.

    • kingsley obi

      Buhari deliberately boycotted the debate because he was scared of the President.

  • nwaeke

    Buhari has failed Nigeria as leader and his supporters as a candidate. His lack of content has made his cohoots hide him away from the saving arms of democracy. Am not surprised that Dele Momodu would support such a move when he has fat in place of brains.

  • maureen

    Rivers state governor – Rotimi Amechi regrets his joining of APC

    would have remained in PDP, if I knew my deputy would betray me–Gov. Amaechi

    Following the return of the Deputy Governor of Rivers State; Engr. Tele Ikuru to PDP, governor Amaechi has urged members of the APC to remain steadfast. The governor who said that ” Though I saw it coming, but I never believed it. Our movement to APC was a collective decision and Tele was even the one who seconded the motion for us to defect to the APC. So is unthinkable that he wld return to the PDP. This whole fight is about you ( APC members ). Not me! I can’t be governor again. Like I keep saying, the world is aware of my fight with the President. And so many countries will grant me asylum and the President can’t arrest me. So it’s about you people. If I knew Tele was going to betray me and make peace with Wike, I wouldn’t have left the PDP. I will encourage you to remain steadfast and expect the worst, because some commissioners will soon join him or will remain with us to sabotage our efforts. And how do you go to elections with a divided house and political moles? I’m learning people ” –Gov. Amaechi

  • faith adams

    The President has spoken, we all should trust his words.

  • felicia jones

    All facets of our economy faced transformation, PGEJ, you are a leader.

  • sofia williams

    Muhammadu Buhari boycotted the debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group because he was simply afraid.

  • Gaskiya

    Please when you are voting remember the Chibok Girls. Their parents are still crying as we do not know what these girls are experiencing right now.

    • kingsley obi

      You must be out of the planet, cant you see the progress our forces are making? or you just want to make some noise?

      • Gaskiya

        Five years no progress but because of election 2 weeks of progress. I pray to God to give you human brain.

    • nafisat

      ungrateful folks like you will never commend mr president and the nigerian army for the efforts they are making towards bringing back the girls that were kidnapped because of the incompetence of the APC governor in bornu state, Shettimah and buhari took the chibok girls in a bid to stir up propaganda yet one eyed chickens like you will be supporting Buhari’s evil deeds.

      • Gaskiya

        For five years Jonathan and our armed forces could not defeat Boko Haram but now because Jonathan and PDP want peoples votes they are willing to fight Boko Haram and even achieving some success in 2 week’s time. May God give you human brain so you can think properly.

        • uko bassey

          so who do you want us to vote, a man who funded boko haram?, a man who betrayed nigeria on tribal sentiments?,a man who wants to revoke the anti-gay laws? a man who doesnt know his left from his right?, Nigeria is to great a country to be ruled by a mentally impaired man, Buhari should go and sleep. GEJ remains president till 2019!

  • Hadiza Okafor

    HOld on tight GEJ, #teamjona, victory will show that all the lies spread about you did not convince Nigerians. We are not so gullible.

  • Victor Okonkwo

    No need to wait any more. As a youth with so much zeal, i am very assured that the next four years with GEJ is secured.