March and April polls will hold as scheduled – Jonathan

By Post Nigeria March 23, 2015 06:00

March and April polls will hold as scheduled – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has once again, for the umpteenth time, assured Nigerians that the general elections would hold as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on March 28 and April 11.

Jonathan, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gave the assurance at the rescheduled presidential debate held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The debate, organized by the Nigeria Election Debate Group, NEDG, was boycotted by Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for no valid reasons.

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 Buhari, who is rumored to be unfit for the debate, had earlier participated in different sessions of the debate.

Jonathan, while fielding questions from a three-member panel, allayed doubts 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 their unwavering 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 promised that if Nigerians give him and his party a fresh four-year mandate, it would serve to further consolidate on the achievements it had recorded in all sectors of the economy.

He said his administration recorded visible and 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.

Speaking on education, Jonathan stated that the next four years would be spent equipping all of Nigerian universities to enable them compete with other universities in the world.

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

President Jonathan promised that when re-elected, his administration 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.