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2011: ‘Save Nigeria Group’ faults Jonathan on electoral reforms

By Chris Ochayi & Liade Akinboade

ABUJA—The Save Nigeria Group, SNG, yesterday, expressed concern that the country might not attain its dream of free and fair election in 2011 because President Goodluck Jonathan has not shown any commitment to give Nigerians genuine electoral reforms.

The SNG, which disclosed this during its campaign for free, fair and credible polls in 2011, regretted that since President Jonathan assumed office, he has not put up any meaningful commitment towards giving the country electoral reforms in line with the Justice Uwais Panel Report.

Addressing the audience at a rally in Abuja, Convener of SNG, Pastor Tunde Bakare said Nigeria has occupied a primordial place on the global map of electoral irresponsibility, given the impunity with which the will of the people has been treated over the years.

He said, “Nigeria is at a cross road concerning its electoral reforms. There seems to be not too much difference from what we used to have in our electoral laws. If  Nigerians are going to insist on irreducible minimum, then we must be able to choose who can lead us.”

Present at the occasion were Pastor Tunde Bakare, Pastor Sarah Omaku of Family Worship, Mr. Solomon Asemote, SAN, Chairman Afenifere, Olawale Oshin, Comrade Salilu Lukman, Dr. Joe Odumakin, and representatives of the three political parties, PAC, NCS, PRP amongst others.


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