Lagos - President Goodluck Jonathan assured the international community the country will hold credible elections next year.
The election will be held 16 years after the end of authoritarian rule but a wave of insurgency and inter-party tensions have characterized the run up to the poll.
“On May 29, 1999, Nigeria ended military rule after the inauguration of a democratically elected president. Come February 2015, the country will conduct the fifth post-military-rule general election. As elected president by the people, we shall conduct elections based on global best practices to further strengthen our democratic institutions,” Jonathan told delegates at the United Nations General Assembly.
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Jonathan will be seeking re-election following his nomination as the sole candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
His party’s stranglehold on power will face stiff resistance from the All Progressives Congress, an offshoot of the ruling party.
– CAJ News