March 28, 2015 – President Goodluck Jonathan has said that ongoing elections may be delayed but that everybody who is genuinely registered with a Permanent Voter Card (PVC) will vote.
The President who got to his ward, Unit 13, Otuoke, Bayelsa, waited for more than 30 minutes and he and his wife were not accredited. The four card readers failed the President and his wife. His mother, Eunice was however accredited. The President and his wife left after waiting for more than 45 minutes. We gathered INEC might accredit him and his wife via the register.
Nevertheless, the President said he is optimistic about the process and that the inherent hitches will be sorted out. He said he has spoken to INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega and that the problems are being sorted out.
The President however called on Nigerians to be patient like himself. “You can see how I am sweating”, he said and called on Nigerians to be patient adding that the whole world is watching.
“I am committed to that. No natter the hitches, I heard that in Jigawa, votes may be delayed for 7 constituencies, also in Edo. My conviction is that election will hold. If I can endure, I plead with all Nigerians to exercise patience as far as we as a nation are able to conduct free and fair elections that the whole world will accept”, he said.
He said that the Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron is in the country and that he has personally spoken to a number of Presidents including that of Cameroun, that of Cote D’Voire, South Africa, Bostswana to that of Sierra Leone adding that everybody is wishing.
He called on Nigerian not to instigate crisis, but that they should wait patiently. “There are adhoc arrangements. Everybody will vote”, he insisted.
He congratulated Nigerians and that his interest is to conduct credible and peaceful election and that it is normal for movement to be restricted and that people ought to have moved closer to their polling booths to enable them vote.