BY DANIEL IDONOR
ABUJA - PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, Sunday, beat his chest that the nationwide acceptance of the National Assembly polls as free and fair is a clear testimony of his ability to deliver on his electoral promised citing the smooth conduct of the NASS polls as a promise kept.
Despite the fact that many of his political friends and associates who ran for the election on the platform of the ruling People Democratic Party, PDP, lost the election, a highly elated Jonathan who will go down in history for conducting a generally acceptable election as free and fair, said he is happy with the outcome.
Fielding questions from State House Correspondent on how he feels that some of his friends lost the election, the President said that he is happy that he was able to live up to his promises to Nigerians on free and fair polls.
He spoke after visiting the seven females and eight male victims that survived the Suleja bomb blasts at the Independent and Electoral Commission (INEC) office on the eve of the elections.
The President who arrived the Abuja University Teaching Hospital, AUTH, Gwagwalada at 2.16 PM. was received by the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Peter Alabi, accompanied by the Minister of Defence, Adetokunboh Ademola and senior aides of the presidency.
Jonathan expressed confidence that INEC would continue to improve in subsequent elections, adding that generally Nigerians are happy that at least they can decide who will represent them or who will govern them in the National Assembly".
"As regards the elections we all are happy that despite some setbacks that were witnessed generally Nigerians are happy that at least they can decide who will represent them or who will govern them in the senate, presidential elections coming up, governor ship and state house of assembly elections. That has given us hope. And of course we have even improved".
He admitted that though there were pockets of hiccups, Nigerians appeared satisfied with the smooth conduct of the elections.
Jonathan noted that with the success so far recorded, he is optimistic that Nigeria would get it right by 2015, stressing that he is happy because Nigerians are satisfied that the election is free and fair.
"I believe that by 2015 when elections are conducted in this country some of the hiccups we witnessed on Saturday would have abate itself. I also believe that any subsequent election, one coming up this Saturday and upper Saturday will definitely improve on this. So for that I'm quite happy".