INEC didn’t discuss election postponement with me – Jonathan

by Ranti Joseph

President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential media chat that was held on Wednesday, February 11 said that he was misquoted as saying that stealing is good.

He explained that what he said was corruption is not stealing. “I made that statement that corruption is not stealing because I quoted a statement made by Justice Mustapha former Chief Justice of the Federation who examined files of supposedly corrupt individuals and found out that 80 per cent of the cases were theft rather than corruption. People just turned my words around,” he said.

As regards his involvement in the election postponement, he said that he knew nothing about it and that he was in Bayelsa when the postponement was announced. “I didn’t discuss with INEC and INEC did not discuss with me. I travelled to Bayelsa and came back to learn that election had been shifted.” “I am not the national security adviser who wrote the letter,” he explained.

Responding to his plan of removing Jega, he said he blamed people from people from one interest or the other for misinforming Nigerians that Jega’s job is threatened.

He emphasised that elections will hold and there would be handover on May 29. Jonathan says the issue of Chibok girls will be resolved soon. Especially since Chad and Cameroon have joined forces to help root out the Boko Haram menace. “Just give us some time. With the situation we are in, the story will be better in a few weeks. And, of course, we will recover them alive,” he stressed.

When asked if he is confident that INEC, as presently constituted, will organise free and fair elections? “I appointed Jega and all the national commissioners, and I know that they will do a good job,” he said.


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