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Ex President Jonathan Fears The Day Nigeria Will Hold Off-Season Presidential Election If…

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Former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has expressed the fear that if Off-Season Governship and other elections are not stopped, time may come when the country will be confronted with the Off-Season Presidential election
“If we continue with this, there will be a time the Nigerian presidential election will be off-season…
“When I say Nigeria presidential election maybe off-season, they may say how and why, but it almost happened in 2007 when I was the running mate to late Umaru Musa Yaradua.
“In that election, seven Justices presided over the case, and three of them said the process be annulled while four of them sustained it.
“If one had crossed over by now the Nigerian election would have been off-season.”
Jonathan, who spoke to newsmen shortly after casting his vote in the ongoing governorship election in Bayelsa State, called on the National Assembly to take appropriate legislative measures to stop off-cycle elections in the country.
He stressed the importance of finding ways and means to unify Nigeria’s electoral calendar.
The former President, who voted at polling unit 39 in Otazi Ward 13, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, advised the National Assembly to block the off-season election, because it is neither the best for the country nor a globally acceptable practice.
“Basically this is an off-season election; I get worried about off-season elections and will use this opportunity to plead with the National Assembly to block it.
“This is not the best practice. The country can elect their people at the same time like the Americans that elect everybody at the same time.”
Source: NAN

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