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Jonathan assures neutrality in choice of Ekiti candidate

06 January 2014, 13:21

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has promised neutrality in the choice of PDP candidate for the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, disclosed Jonathan’s position to State House correspondents in Abuja on Sunday.

Olubolade spoke after the First Sunday Service in 2014 attended by the president at the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Abuja.

He said the president made his position known at a closed door meeting he held with all the party aspirants for the elections at the Presidential Villa at the weekend.

"What the president said is that he has not endorsed anybody. That means every aspirant can be the governorship candidate and that is good for democracy.

"I think what we need to do is to take it in good faith and learn the lessons that he has offered and use it not to make mistakes of the past so that the election will be free and fair under a peaceful atmosphere.

"This is what is important for all of us. Definitely, a governor will emerge," he said.

Olubolade commended the president for convening the meeting, noting that it would prevent acrimony in the party primary elections.

"All the aspirants embraced it and they were happy. That is good leadership and I think we should commend Mr President for that,’’ he said.     

The minister said he was optimistic that the police would do its job professionally in protecting lives, property and general security in the forthcoming elections.

On police funding, the minister said the police have been adequately funded by the administration.

According to him, Mr President has funded the police more than what we have always had in the past and we will start to see the effect.

"The Police Academy is now degree awarding, young graduates will be there and undergo training so that they will be able to manage the rank and file of the police.

"By this they will be better skilled than before, and when they are better skilled, they will be able to show leadership and direct the rank and file to do what is right."

Olubolade said the reform in the police would end the clamour for state policing in certain quarters.

He said with the reform, the police have somehow decentralised, adding that "whatever is needed in a state for the police is being given directly to the state.

"The state governors preside over security of their states in conjunction with the commissioner of police, and they will collectively secure the state better," he said.

-  NAN


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