#2015Elections Jonathan urges Nigerians to accept election postponement

President Goodluck Jonathan urged Nigerians to accept
the adjustment of the election dates by INEC in good
faith.

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President Goodluck Jonathan has spoken out on the
postponement of the 2015 General Elections » by the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Jonathan urged Nigerians to accept the adjustment of
the election dates by INEC in good faith.
The President said this via statement released on
Sunday, February 8, by his media aide, Reuben Abati. It
reads:
Following the adjustment of the dates for the 2015
general elections by the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) from February 14 and 28 to March
28 and April 11, yesterday, President Goodluck
Jonathan has reassured the nation of his commitment
to the sanctity of May 29, 2015 as the terminal date of
his first term in office. He strongly reaffirms that May
29 is, has been, and will remain sacrosanct.
The President appeals to all stakeholders to accept the
adjustment of the election dates by INEC in good faith,
as the electoral body has a responsibility to conduct
credible elections in which every Nigerian of voting age
is afforded the opportunity to exercise their civic right
without any form of hindrance.
President Jonathan believes that this is not a time to
trade blames or make statements that may overheat
the polity, but a time to show understanding and
support the electoral commission to conduct the
elections successfully.
It is the President’s understanding that INEC’s decision
ought not to generate acrimony since it acted within its
powers under the law and in consultation with all
relevant stakeholders.
He calls on the international community, civil society
and the electorate to continue to support the
administration’s commitment to a free, fair, credible,
and non-violent electoral process.

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