Presidency explains why Jonathan wants election to be postponed


President Goodluck Jonathan

The Presidency on Friday explained President Goodluck Jonathan’s disposition to a shift in the February general election slated for February 14 and 28.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, Jonathan’s concerns stemmed from the state of preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the polls.

At a news conference in Abuja, the Presidency raised issues on some registered voters across the federation who have not been able to obtain their permanent voter cards (PVCs) as well as the security situation in four Northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe.

Disclosing details of Thursday’s Council of State meeting presided over by the President, Okupe said: “President Jonathan is not interested, neither is he engaged in any form of subterfuge to pressure INEC to change the dates of the 2015 elections.

“Secondly, I wish to state categorically here that at no time during the entire seven-hour meeting did the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, insist that the elections must hold on February 14th and 28th 2015 as published by some electronic/print media.
“Rather, Prof. Jega gave the Council a report on the progress so far made by the INEC on its preparedness for the 2015 elections.

“In all its submissions, the only process that was 100% concluded was the preparation and availability of the voters register.