Former President Goodluck Jonathan wants Nigerians to collectively defend and stand firm for democracy.

Jonathan made the call on Thursday in Onitsha at the grand finale campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Anambra, Oseloka Obaze ahead of Saturday's election.

The former president said democracy is not limited to conducting elections but seeing that elections are free and fair.

“We must collectively defend democracy in the country because no matter what you are, until you are able to elect your leader peacefully, the international community will not take you as developed society.

“Where elections are manipulated, there is no election.

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“We use this opportunity to mobilise all Nigerians, especially the people of the state to stand firm for democracy and to do everything to protect democracy,” Jonathan said.

He commended the people of South-East geo-political zone for the support given to him while in office, saying "I got more support from the South-East than I got from the South-South where I come from."

Jonathan, who noted that Anambra had remained a PDP state from the beginning of democracy in 1999 till date, said 80 per cent of the people were still members of the party.

“Besides the pioneer role played by Dr Alex Ekwueme and other founding fathers from the state, the other population is clearly PDP or friends of PDP.

“Even though, some have left for one reason or the other, their spirits are still with the party.”

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