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Pro democracy group rally in Abuja, applauds Jonathan over commitment to poll conduct


AHEAD of the May 29 hand over date, members of the Nigerians United for Democracy (NUD) Saturday applauded President Goodluck Jonathan over his stance on the conduct of the March 28 presidential poll.

Spokesperson of the group, Dr Jibrin Ibrahim who led members of the group in a sit -in rally in at the fountain square in Abuja enjoined President Jonathan to ensure that the newly rescheduled date for the poll remains sacrosanct.

Calling on well meaning Nigerians to exercise vigilance till elections takes place, he expressed concern over the decision by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke to institute a suit challenging the use of card readers on election day.

He said going by the stance of the Justice minister, there was still cause to worry since such moves suggests that the rescheduled date of March 28 and April 11 dates for the presidential and governorship elections may not be sacrosanct.

Insisting that the use of card readers would enhance the credibility of the poll, he also warned against the installation of an interim government in place of a democratically elected government.

He stated that their skepticism was further reinforced by the refusal by the service chiefs to publicly assure the nation that security would be provided on the new election dates to douse the concerns raised by the national chairman of the independent national electoral commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega when he appeared before the Senate last week.

At the occasion attended by several pro-democracy activists, he said it behoves well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the authorities to ensure that the March 28 and April presidential and governorship poll holds amicably.

Assuring that the NUD will continue with its rallies in Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Osogbo, Port Harcourt  to condemn what he termed the conspiracy of the ruling clique against Nigerians, he explained that there was the need by well meaning Nigerians to avert chaos in the polity.

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