The immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan has expressed satisfaction in the new order of election stressing that it would go a long way in ensuring that more quality people are elected at all levels. Majority of the members of the two chambers of the National Assembly want election into the Senate and the House of Representatives to come first next year and the presidential election last.
“Holding presidential election first will affect the quality of persons that will emerge in other polls because of the bandwagon effect,” Jonathan said on Friday when he granted audience to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) at the Jonathan Foundation in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
He expressed his support for the National Assembly for changing the order of elections in 2019 in its amendment to the Electoral Act. He said the decision of the National Assembly would help in the election of quality persons into various positions.
A statement issued by the PDP National Chairman’s spokesman, Mr. Ike Abonyi, quoted the former President as advising the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to abide by the decision of the National Assembly.
Jonathan asked the APC to see the proposed order of elections “from national and patriotic interests since laws are not meant for persons in power at a particular time.”
The ex-President said he is even looking forward to a time when presidential election in Nigeria would be conducted differently from others.
He was optimistic that the PDP would return to power in 2019, saying: “I believe that PDP will return to power in 2019 if we continue to build confidence especially as the ruling party has failed to meet up their promises and give hope to the people. “Propaganda may help you win election but can’t help you govern and that is what APC has seen in the last 32 months.”