ABUJA: PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan reiterated his administration would ensure free and free polls next month. The assurance followed a meeting with United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, this past weekend.
Kerry was in the country amid escalating terror Nigeria is suffering at the hands of the Islamic militant Boko Haram sect. Jonathan said all political parties abide by the Abuja Accord, which commits each to non-violence before, during, and after the election.
“I made it absolutely clear that the May 29th handover date is sacrosanct. In addition, the Government will provide all resources that are required by the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that the election goes smoothly. I also emphasized that INEC is an independent body, which makes its own decisions without any interference from the Government, ” said Jonathan.
There have been suggestions the polls might be deferred owing to terror in some parts of the country as well as the challenges faced by INEC.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY