Jonathan, Jega, others In Crucial Meeting (UPDATED)

Jonathan, Jega, others In Crucial Meeting (UPDATED)

President Goodluck Jonathan has today been locked in a crucial meeting inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, with Prof Attahiru Jega, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, and heads of all security agencies.

Jega emerged from the Security Council meeting at about 2.20pm after briefing the members on his commission’s preparation for the elections.

He was accompanied by two top officials who attended the meeting with him.

When State House correspondents asked him about the meeting, the INEC boss simply said, “I believe it went well.”

He did not answer subsequent questions relating to the use of card readers during the elections and the level of the commission’s preparedness as he made his way out of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The security meeting is still ongoing.

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Security chiefs are also expected to brief the meeting on the success so far recorded in their anti-terrorism war and preparations for the elections also.

The meeting which started a few minutes after 11am has in attendance Vice President Namadi Sambo; the secretary to the government of the federation, Senator Pius Anyim; the chief of staff to the president, Gen Jones Arogbofa (retd.); the national security adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki; the attorney general of the federation, Muhammed Adoke (SAN); the minister of police affairs, Jelili Adesiyan; the minister of the interior, Aba Moro; and the minister of foreign affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali.

Others in attendance are the chief of the defence staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh; the chief of army staff, Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah; the chief of naval staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin; the chief of air staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu; the inspector general of police, Suleiman Abba; as well as the heads of the Department of State Security and the National Intelligence Agency.

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A definite pronouncement on the forthcoming elections is expected at the end of the meeting.

With two weeks to the general elections in Nigeria slated for March 28 and April 11, the electoral body the INEC, headed by Prof Attahiru Jega, is making efforts to deliver to all Nigerians their Permanent Voters Cards.

Meanwhile, the elections which were earlier postponed for six weeks triggered a lot of reactions from Nigerians and they all look forward to free, fair and credible elections beginning March 28.


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