Standing Ovation, As Jonathan Delivers The Best ‘Presidential’ Message, Ahead Of The Nov. 16 Polls

By Post-Nigeria: November 15, 2019 10:38

Standing Ovation, As Jonathan Delivers The Best ‘Presidential’ Message, Ahead Of The Nov. 16 Polls

Ahead of the Governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, on Saturday, former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday, condemned the violence that has characterised campaigns in the two States.
Jonathan, described the signals coming from the two States as disturbing.
On Wednesday, one person was killed at the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, rally, in Bayelsa State. Last month, a man was  killed at Anyigba, Kogi State, after hoodlums attacked a convoy of the Governorship Candidate of the PDP, in Kogi State, Musa Wada.
Jonathan described the signals from Bayelsa and Kogi States as worrisome, saying that, only electronic voting process could stop thuggery and violence during elections in Nigeria.

Jonathan expressed sadness that people were already being killed, when the elections have not begun, stressing that the only way out is electronic voting.
He spoke in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Thursday, during the presentation of a book authored by a former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir Gabriel Toby, titled: ‘In the Cause of Service: Memoir of Gabriel Tamunobiebere George Toby’.
The former President, stressed that the people would be able to elect those they believe in, should the country begin to vote electronically.
He expressed optimism that electronic voting would work in Nigeria, owing to the fact that several Nigerians transfer billions of dollars from one bank to the other through electronic means.
“Look at what is happening now; we have Governorship elections in two States in Kogi and Bayelsa. The signals coming from both are quite disturbing.

“The use of thugs, shooting guns, and our people are already being killed when the voting process has not even started is disturbing. This would not happen if we have got to a point in this country where voter card matters.
“That is why I have always advocated electronic voting. We must go into electronic voting. If people these days can transfer billions of dollars from one bank to the other, using electronic means, then I believe that we can do electronic voting perfectly, and that will ensure that the use of thugs during elections would not come up again.”
Jonathan further noted that political offices in the country did not change their holders, rather, the people with low integrity were being voted into Offices.

He added that when the country develops to a point where voter card matters, Politicians would mend their ways.
“My opinion is that people do not change when they get into political Office; we vote people that we do not know into Offices, and it is difficult to know the true character of a person; it is hard to understand, but the fact is we do not really vote people we know. People tend to use different means to get into Office.
“When we develop as a nation to the point where our voter cards matter, where the people can vote who they believe in, the behaviour of the Politicians would change; Politicians would stop recruiting group of boys and feeding them like dogs, calling them thugs to be used for elections, while their children attend the best Universities abroad”, the ex-President added.