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Era of rigging over, says Jonathan

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan vowed that never again shall Nigeria witness elections that would be characterized by fraud.

By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA—BARELY 24 hours after he fired Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Maurice Iwu, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, vowed that never again shall Nigeria witness elections that would be characterized by fraud.

Dr. Jonathan said his administration was committed to free and fair election, noting that the era in which a group of people would appoint certain individuals into elected offices in the name of election was gone for good.

Speaking when he received the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria led by its President, Most Rev. Felix Alaba-Job, Jonathan reaffirmed government’s commitment to ensuring that the votes of Nigerians count in the 2011 elections.

The Acting President who hailed the Bishops and the Catholic Secretariat for playing a significant role in monitoring elections in the country, called on Christians and Nigerians not to accept any compromises in the next elections.

Dr. Jonathan also spoke on the menace of bad governance which had continued to fan the embers of corruption, stressing that the issue of corruption was quite worrisome and government was determined to do all it could to reduce it.

He charged Nigerians to get involved in the fight against the monster which he said was the bane of development in the country, adding: “I fully believe that corruption could be reduced if all of us get involved in the war against corruption in any little way we can.”

Earlier, Most Rev. Alaba-Job had commended Acting President Jonathan for strengthening the anti-corruption agencies as he steered the affairs of the country.

Alaba-Job also commended him for his firm pledge to ensure free and fair elections in 2011 and the positive steps taken by government to control militancy in the Niger Delta through the amnesty programme.

He said: “I encourage government to provide social amenities to the people of the Niger Delta as a way of ending crisis in the region.”


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