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APC doubts Jonathan commitment to fair polls

29 July 2014, 07:33Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to "walk his talk" and ensure next year's general elections are free and fair.

In a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party urged the President to take "concrete actions" to ensure that the elections in the country were not marred by the intimidation and harassment of opposition party members.

“On the same day the President's latest assurances of free, fair, credible and transparent elections in 2015 were being reported, agents of the Jonathan-led federal government were ransacking the offices of a company hired to carry out an opinion poll for Osun State ahead of the August 9 gubernatorial election," APC alleged.

The party alleged that already,the foundation was being laid to rig next month's governorship election in Osun at source, with the Independent National Electoral Commission allegedly frustrating attempts by APC members to obtain their permanent voters cards.

The party called on President Jonathan to refrain from deploying the military for election purposes and discipline Ministers that threatened the holding of credible polls.

“Saying one thing and doing the opposite, Mr. President, will not translate to credible elections. The world is watching,” APC said.

The opposition party urged the President, if indeed he is committed to free and fair elections, to launch an inquiry into why the offices of the firm carrying out an opinion poll for Osun State were invaded.

- CAJ News


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