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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Jonathan reassures on sanctity of May 29

As outcome of the postponement of dates for the 2015 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), President Goodluck Jonathan has reassured Nigerians of his commitment to the sanctity of May 29, 2015 as the terminal date of his first term in office, reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

DigitalSENSE Business News correspondent recalls that INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega had last night after a prolonged meeting with his commissioners and senior management told newsmen at INEC that 2015 general elections dates has been changed from February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11.

Reacting shortly after the postponement announcement by INEC, President Jonathan reaffirmed that “May 29 is, has been, and will remain sacrosanct” according to press statement made available to DigitalSENSE Business News by the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.

Abati also quoted the President as appealling to all stakeholders to accept the adjustment of the election dates by INEC in good faith, as the electoral body has a responsibility to conduct credible elections in which every Nigerian of voting age is afforded the opportunity to exercise their civic rights without any form of hindrance.

Also, President Jonathan expressed the belief that this is not a time to trade blames or make statements that may overheat the polity, but a time to show understanding and support the electoral commission to conduct the elections successfully. 

“It is the President’s understanding that INEC’s decision ought not to generate acrimony since it acted within its powers under the law and in consultation with all relevant stakeholders,” Mr. President stated. 

Further, he called on the international community, civil societies and the electorates to continue to support the administration’s commitment to a free, fair, credible and non-violent electoral process. 
+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) +Reuben Abati @INECNigeria
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