Chidoka At Chatham House, Says Jonathan Is Committed To Democracy

Aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to democracy, peace and security in Nigeria, even as he emphasised the Peoples Democratic Party’s strong history of upholding democratic principles.

He stated this when he was hosted on Tuesday by the Chatham House’s Africa Programme, led by the head of the programme, Dr Alex Vines.

Chidoka who was at Chatham House to discuss President Jonathan’s full commitment to democracy, said that every effort must be made to replicate the model of free and fair election that the world witnessed with President Jonathan’s 2011 victory.

Speaking on the visit, he said, “The discussion with Chatham House was very positive. We reviewed the facts at hand leading up to the presidential election in Nigeria. The Nigerian people are being given a choice between President Jonathan, a democrat by instinct and record, and his opponent, a ‘reformed’ democrat. This is a critical distinction.”

While in London, the minister granted interviews to BBC’s HARDtalk, the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Sky News, NBC News, BuzzFeed and Voice of America.