INEC chair, Mahmood Yakubu, reacts to allegation of ‘inconclusive’ elections

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Election Commission, (INEC) has dismissed insinuations that all elections conducted since the assumption of office of the current chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, have been inconclusive.

The commission said it conducted 139 elections which were concluded.

The reaction was contained in a press statement signed and issued Tuesday by the acting secretary to the commission, Musa Adamu, in response to a statement credited to the outgoing president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Augustine Alegeh.

Mr. Alegeh reportedly made the remarks at the opening of the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday, 21st August 2016.

“Mr. Alegeh was reported to have rebuked the Commission for having conducted one hundred and thirty six (136) inconclusive elections in the past one year under the watch of Professor Mahmood Yakubu,” the statement said.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seldom takes issues with members of the public. But the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is a highly distinguished and respected and respected person.

Besides, he represents a knowledgeable and influential constituency. His pronouncements are therefore weighty and could pass for the gospel truth.”

The statement said: “The Commission has thus far concluded 139 elections (118 at first ballot and 21 after supplementary) out of a total of 163 scheduled elections and that 22 elections were suspended due to violence while 2 elections are sub-judice”.

“This shows that 72.3 percent of the elections were concluded at the first ballot, 21.8 percent of the inconclusive elections were concluded after supplementary; 1.2 percent are pending; while 13.4 percent were suspended in Rivers state due to violence.”

The commission said Mr. Alegeh’s pronouncement was “ill informed”, “misplaced and undeserved”.

The commission, while assuring that it remained unwavering and irrevocably committed to delivering elections that are free, fair and credible, said “inconclusive elections are caused by violence and over-voting and that the notion of inconclusive election is not strange to our law (see Section 26 and 53 of Electoral Act 2010 as amended)”.

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  • Buhari na wa 4 u.

    Inconclusive election or not wont help shithari in 2019.Buhari is a tossar.

    • okpada

      Did you vote for him in 2015 at all, Proof it? We don’t need your votes in 2019

      • AlBsure23

        You don’t need his vote because it is already rigged. Rest in peace Nigeria.

        • Buhari aka silly old bag.

          They won’t even try it after changing d name of Nigeria 2 Backwardnistan.

      • Buhari aka silly old bag.

        Plonker, shithari is past tense now,d man is a complete failure with a brain cell of a mosquitos.

      • vagabonds in power

        even the pigs and the dog named Buhari will ignore him not to talk of humans–

  • vagabonds in power

    INEC Manipulating PVCs to Favour Buhari, – Balarabe Musa.

    A political interest organization, Credible Alternative Alliance (CAA) led by former Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is tilting the distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to favour areas believed to be strongholds of All Progressives Congress’ candidate, General Muhammed Buhari.

    The group presented a statistical analysis of the distribution of PVCs which showed the number of registered voters yet to collect their PVCs in various zones.

    According to CAA, South-East has (3,287, 530) , South West (7,411,205), South-South (3,844,370) , North-East (2,429,763), North West (4,835,556), North Central (3,907,849) and FCT(421,559).

    On the distribution of PVCs, CAA said it has observed “a criminal gross disparity of voter spread designed to tilt the election to a pre-determined outcome.

    The group insists that all the 68.8 million registered voters must be given unfettered access to freely collect their PVCs and cast their vote as provided for in the constitution, adding that it would be forced to take INEC to court if that condition was not met.

    “Let us call a spade, a spade. There are two main contenders for the Presidency in this election. The analyzed data above depicts a worrying trend. Voters in the zones that tend to support President Goodluck Jonathan are massively disenfranchised by the application of the so-called PVCs debacle, 40% to 50% of voters in the these regions who are lawfully and duly registered to vote will be denied their right to vote by INEC.

  • AFRICANER

    You know, the Hausa-Fulani have NO CLASS! Under President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria appointed one Mr. Jega, a Hausa-Fulani, to be the INEC Chairman, he came with a good reputation, and was duly confirmed; he delivered what was internationally acclaimed to be fair elections, that ushered in a tribal-religious zealot as president, who then when on to populate the current government with his family members, village relatives, his clan, his region, his religion, his tribesmen, and his cohorts, in what is billed the most Nepotistic administration ever in Nigeria, over 90% made up of Hausa Fulanis.

    You will think that they will use the opportunity to be good ambassadors for both their region, and religion? No!
    You will think that they would be magnanimous with power? No!! What it does for them is to show how domineering that they could be. Well, these people are showing why Africa is a complete basket case. The international community will not do anything to help Nigeria or Africans, that has been demonstrated, it is up to Nigerians to stop this nonsense, by all means necessary. I don’t even know if this INEC guy is confirmed by the Senate. It appears that most head of agencies, commissions, and Ministries that require Senate confirmation got in because another one of their people known as Saraki, though from a lower echelon (as you know their religion is hierarchical, depending on your tribe, the Yoruba being the lowest form) was rendered effete, by the more aggressive Fulani cabal, this Saraki guy is supposed to be the Senate president in charge of confirming the president’s appointments; with the Constitution, if the Senate doesn’t act in so many days, I believe 21 days or so, these presidential appointments automatically get in; so, with the Senate president in court defending himself on corruption charges, this type of INEC Chairmen seize power, and are here talking nonsense about a blatant corruption of our electoral system.

    Would it have been wonderful to replace Jega with another, and much better Jega, or Okonkwo, or Adeboye?

    Non-Hausa Fulani’s are NOT EVER allowed to be EFCC Chairman, or Customs Boss, or Immigrations Boss, and so on….

    I wonder why?

    • Izedomi Ohirein

      Looters & vagabonds are your heroes.

  • The NBA boss is only playing to the gallery. Inconclusive elections are cost majorly by politicians who are ready to instigate violence or devise any means that could thwart a free electoral process.
    Let’s take a look at even the primaries of political parties which are often dogged with controversies…but with the introduction of technology, elections rigging has been reduced to the barest minimum, much to the charign of these unscrupulous elements.
    Fortuitously, the INEC boss has outlined his achievements so far; besides, INEC has the right–as the electoral umpire–to cancel or postpone any elections has backed by the law.

    • Commentsfile..!!!

      Point of correction..!! INEC has no right in the
      Nigeria Constitution to cancel an election.
      that right is reserved to the election tribunals
      and the courts. this is why Jega is still the best
      he wasn’t caught up in this inconclusive elections
      he just let the tribunals and the courts do their work.
      its a baseless argument, dont say it loud.
      inconclusive elections has more negative impact
      on the electioneering process as we all have seen and
      cost intensive. it has also created unending political
      nightmares in states like Kogi …please be educated
      dont come online talking about what you think is
      right, first get well informed…. thanks
      The New INEC Boss is confused, with tentions running
      high at the last general election if the election were to be
      declared inconclusive, what do you think would have happened??

      • North/West Allies

        Prof. Maurice Iwu also did a good job, he gave a conclusive election and PDP lost many states under his watch

      • I never claimed that INEC has the right to reverse the results of an already concluded election, that can only be done by a court of a competent jurisdiction.
        Besides, you never made any attempt to refute my claim that politicians are often a cog in the wheel of a transparent electoral process.
        Who cares about the cost of re-run elections? What about rectitude, accountability, ensuring that no one gets disenfranchised and respect for the rule of law? INEC has no justification whatsoever to turn a blind eye to any acts capable of breaching an electoral process. If I may ask: Is INEC responsible for the logjam in Edo state caused by the PDP candidacy and lack of a consensus between the Markafi and Sheriff’s camps,

  • vagabonds in power

    First of all–where is the 800m he stole from UBEC-No election in Bonny–in rivedrs state——————Ogoni same———————