Build up to the forthcoming Saturday 23 February presidential and national polls, former President Goodluck Jonathan has finally revealed what Nigerians should do and who to vote for.
Jonathan categorically disclosed that electorate should vote according to their conscience and reject financial inducements when voting.
He also told them to embrace peace and shun violence ahead of the rescheduled general elections.
The ex-president spoke at a meeting with Niger Delta Youth Leaders on Monday in Yenagoa, where he urged the electorate to shun vote buying.
Jonathan said: “Use of money to induce voters has become very prevalent in Nigeria. It is more pronounced here than in many African countries I have been to monitor elections; and it is unhealthy for our development. My NGO is, however, working on advocacy against it.
“Politics should be about the people; but anyone who wants to make quick money should go into business and quit politics, which is all about service to the people.
“People should vote according to the dictates of their conscience and not be induced by money. I have said it several times that no ambition should be worth spilling of the blood of any Nigerian.”
He further stressed that, “Peace is fundamental to economic development and the reports of insecurity and violence scares away investors.
“Anytime someone is killed either by security agencies or by any other exra judicial means, it affects the reputation of the country adversely and that is why peace building is very essential, especially with the youth.
“Our youths are critical in our democracy because the future belongs to them, so, my advice is that we should be patient and shuns violence in the coming elections,”
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