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Imo violence: President demands justice

03 July 2013, 09:42Emeka Adebanji

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan urged authorities to investigate the violence that rocked the elections in Imo State and demanded that culprits be brought to book.

Jonathan, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, said the conduct of certain persons and groups involved in the election negated the spirit of fair elections.

“Those who made it impossible for the rerun election in Oguta to be conclusive must be brought to book. We must make it clear that impunity in the perpetration of violence and irregularities during elections will no longer be tolerated.

"Sanctions, promptly imposed on guilty persons, will deter others from engaging in such acts in future,” Jonathan told members of the Nigerian Senators’ Forum in Abuja.

He said that the government would work with stakeholders such the forum, which has a membership of over 500 serving and former senators, to strengthen Nigeria’s democratic institutions and deliver more dividends of democracy to ordinary Nigerians.

“There must be even greater harmony between the executive and legislative arms of government. We must work together to ensure that all Nigerians benefit more from our political activities,” he told the delegation which Senator Khairat Abdulrazaq Gwadabe led.

Senator Gwadabe said her organisation, established ten years ago, was committed to supporting his efforts to strengthen institutions of democracy in Nigeria.

The 2011 governorship election in Imo State was fraught with diverse electoral malpractices, ranging from ballot box snatching, ballot stuffing, thuggery and outright voters disenfranchisement.

The opposition parties in the state have blamed these electoral problems on the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

- CAJ News



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