NASS Polls: I 've delivered on my promises -Jonathan

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".

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Comment by Akande O.O on April 12, 2011 at 3:37pm
i can't bt first apr8 d gud Lord on Nigeria as a nation,this is d change we desire,a promise made,kept 2 a large xtent by Jega n mostly Gej even whn forces of dictators do nt want it. nw d change,we want 2 c wt u av 4 us.God bles Nigeria
Comment by Joseph Ubiagba on April 11, 2011 at 7:09pm
For once, Nigerian are happy; at least a larger percentage over the conduct of an election in the country. Thank God for this and may God continue to guide our present leaders through the path of glory. God be with GEJ and his team.
Comment by Obus Regha on April 10, 2011 at 9:02pm
thank God for Nigeria and our president to have accept the Nass result undermining pdp lossing most of their seat.this is improvement,i'm full with joy
Comment by Alabi AanuOluwa on April 10, 2011 at 8:59pm
GEJ, seriously you've done your bit and best, posterity i'm sure will remember you for good at least, if you will stay till the end without wavering. At this juncture dont yield to tempestuous advice from any of our 'Baba' because we all know what they are capable of doing in times like this. God Bless Nigeria.
Comment by Sulyman Borlakahle on April 10, 2011 at 8:53pm
you have made us proud as a nation, we hope that their we be a continiuty of fair and fear election.
Comment by Ihima Ogaji on April 10, 2011 at 8:51pm

I had written earlier in the vanguard that the success of Jega is also the success of Jonathan. People should not get carried away by the success of Jega in conducting this election forgetting that if President Jonathan had not created a conducive atmosphere Jega, like his predecessors,  would have ended up a failure (not taking anything away from him.Being an upright and honourable man himslelf.)  When you have executive powers, couple with the fact that the INEC Chairman was appointed by you, it takes courage, rare patriotic virtue, great humility and discipline not to attempt to influence things in your favour. It is strange in this part of the globe. For it , President Jonathan has won my respect and admiration. Regardless of whether he wins the Presidential Election or not, he has succeeded, and remains the hero of this democratic process

Comment by TOBBY on April 10, 2011 at 8:30pm
You have made us proud as a nation, we hope that subsequent elections will go this way.
Comment by Johnbacco on April 10, 2011 at 7:30pm
i'm happy 4 u too though those who want setback in Nigeria came 2 destroyed n stolen but God would not allow these hiccups 2 do dat.thank u jesus.
Comment by BABATUNDE ABIMBOLA on April 10, 2011 at 7:18pm
God bless u sir
Comment by TOBBY on April 10, 2011 at 7:17pm
You have lived according to your words.

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