- Goodluck Jonathan agreed with National Assembly's decision to re-order the process of 2019 elections
- Jonathan said allowing presidential election to come first may affect the quality of persons that will emerge in other polls
- He added that he is sure that his party, the PDP will return to power in 2019
Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has come out to support the National Assembly's recent decision to re-order the 2019 general elections as contained in an amendment to the Electoral Act.
According to the new amendment, the National Assembly elections will come first, follow by the State Houses of Assembly and Governorship elections while the presidential election is expected to come last.
Premium Times reports that Ike Abonyi, special adviser to the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, he quoted Mr. Jonathan as supporting the re-ordering while receiving the PDP chairman, who led members of the National Working Committee, NWC, on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Jonathan Foundation in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
Jonathan reportedly said “what the National Assembly did would help in the election of quality persons into various positions.”
“Holding presidential election first will affect the quality of persons that will emerge in other polls because of the bandwagon effect.
“The ruling party, the APC should see it from national and patriotic interests since laws are not meant for persons in power at a particular time.
“I believe that PDP will return to power in 2019 if we continue to build confidence especially as the ruling party has failed to meet up their promises and give hope to the people.
“Propaganda may help you win election but can’t help you govern and that is what APC has seen in the last 32 months."
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Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that National Assembly has disclosed that it would send a clean copy of amendments made to the 2010 Electoral Act to President Muhammadu Buhari next week, Monday, February 19, for assent, Daily Trust reports.
The two chambers of the National Assembly had on Wednesday passed the amendments made to the electoral act.
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