Jonathan condemns electoral violence, says Nigerians, not courts, should select leaders


Former President Goodluck Jonathan believes that the decision on the next set of political office holders should be made by Nigerians through the democratic process, rather than by the judicial system.

He spoke after voting in the governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday. The former governor of Bayelsa State and his wife, Patience, voted in Otuoke, in the state’s Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA).

“I believe that Nigerians have decided that they must select their leaders,” he told journalists. “Any country that the ballot papers cannot select its leaders, that country is doomed.”

“So, we must form a system where the ballot papers must decide who leads us, either at the level of the president, governors, and at the level of parliamentarians; not the courts. The ballot papers should select the leaders.”