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Published On: Wed, Aug 13th, 2014

2015 elections ‘ll be free and fair, Presidency assures

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Nigerian President SealBy Lawrence Olaoye

The Presidency yesterday assured that the 2015 general elections would be free and fair considering the successes recorded from the conduct of both Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.

Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, Professor Rufa’i Alkali, at a media interaction in Abuja also alleged that the opposition with use of propaganda, has always been responsible for causing tension among the electorates, given the inordinate ambition for power by most of their leaders.

According to him, the peaceful conduct of the governorship election in both Ekiti and Osun states, despite all hues and cries, were clear evidence that the much anticipated 2015 general elections would come and go peacefully while Nigeria will remain even more united and strong with the consistent efforts being made by President Goodluck Jonathan to deepen democracy in Nigeria.

The Presidential Adviser said the successful conduct of the two elections in the south-west was a manifestation of the desire by Jonathan and his team to deepen democracy by guiding against all elements geared towards causing chaos and confusion during elections.

He said when the President harped on deployment of security to safeguard lives and property during elections, acting on security reports, the opposition went to town, as usual, with banal propaganda, theatricals and grand standing.

He said “It is heartwarming to note that today President Jonathan has kept his words. And INEC too has done its job.

“Indeed President Goodluck Jonathan has now become a hero who all Nigerians are looking towards for making 2015 elections to be free, fair and better conducted.

“He said with the turn of events, it is necessary for those he described as political jobbers and master propagandists to allow President Jonathan concentrate more on his desire to fast-track the delivery of Transformation Agenda by his government.

While expressing appreciation on the good conduct of the people of Osun State during the just concluded governorship poll in Osun State, Alkali lauded the spirited efforts by INEC in overcoming all shortcomings to make the election a huge success.

He also praised efforts by the Security operatives, who he said gave very good account of themselves going by praises which, according to him, Nigerians have been showering on them.

He said, “In those days, we used to hear of the wild-wild west, most especially during elections. For that, many predicted mayhem and chaos during and after the election in Ekiti and Osun States. Then, security issues had to come in.

“From what we have seen so far, the two elections in the south-west zone have belied and negated the cliché of ‘wild wild west while affirming the people as most politically sophisticated with preparedness to defend democracy and its ethos.

“This is good for Nigeria and this is good for democracy. The lesson is clear. The 2015 that everybody appears to be scared off will not be different from the experiences we have had in Osun and Ekiti states. That is invariably showing that we are already coming of age in Nigeria,” he said.

 

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