President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday urged Nigerians to be “patient” with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as they vote in an unprecedented Presidential elections.
Speaking after four card readers were used but none recognized that of the ‘First Family’ for the accreditation exercise, the President noted that the “Nigeria elections is an election that the whole world is interested in and my conviction is that the election should go on smoothly, I plead with Nigerians to be patient.
“I encourage Nigerians to be Patient with INEC” he said in his hometown Otuoke in Bayelsa State.
He added that “there may be issues”, adding that “this is the first time we are using this technology of voters card and card readers, I just spoke with the INEC Chairman to know what is happening across the country, President Jonathan is just one voter so even if we have problems with my own card, as long as nationally the process is going on well” he said.
The President, who earlier called the INEC Chairman to “know is that what is happening across the country”, noted that “I want to use this opportunity to commend Nigerians and congratulate them for coming out to elect the next President, senators and House of Representatives”
The President speaking to newsmen in Otuoke after his accreditation went on to say, “There may be a way to resolve the hitches but insisted that “my interest is for us to conduct a peaceful and credible elections and I believe that no matter the hitches”.
The elections were earlier scheduled for February 14 but was postponed till March 28 due to security concerns.