President Goodluck Jonathan today promised to continue to ensure a free and fair election in Nigeria as he declares his intention to run for re-election in 2015.
Jonathan said, according to his promise to “sanitize and restore integrity in our electoral process, by ensuring that our votes are not only counted, but truly count,” his government has gone a long way to ensure transparency and fairness in the conduct of elections.
“Elections have been conducted across the country with local and international election observers testifying to their transparency,” he boasted.
Announcing his intention to run for re-election in 2015 at a mass rally in Abuja, the president said; “I, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, have accepted to present myself on the platform of the PDP.”
“I am convinced that I have kept my pact with Nigerians, and it is now time to look to the future. With your tremendous support, we have collectively done so much in the last three and half years, but to take our country to the next level, there is still more to be done.
Defending his decision to run for presidency again despite criticisms due to the security challenges of the country, Jonathan said “History has shown that the path of honour for any true leader is not to walk away from his people in moments of challenges.
“We must stand together in adversity and overcome all threats to our development. We must defend our future, for the sake of our children,” Jonathan said.
Arguably the most openly criticized Nigerian leader, Jonathan however promised Nigerians they will remain free to express their views.
“Let me re-affirm that under a Jonathan Presidency, your views, no matter how freely expressed, will not send you to prison or into exile,” the president said.