INEC chair, Attahiru Jega, opens up on APC controversy

Attahiru Jega

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, said on Saturday that the commission was yet to register any of the three political associations jostling to take ownership of the APC acronym.

Mr. Jega made the statement in Kaduna shortly after participating in a Hausa  programme of  the Kaduna National Station of Federal Radio Corporation, called “Hannu Dayawa”.

He dismissed speculations that the commission had registered any of the three political groups.

The political associations are the All Peoples Congress, African Citizens Congress and All Progressives Congress.

The INEC chairman said that the registration process was ongoing.

“INEC has not registered any political party. We have not gotten to that stage, so far the process is ongoing and people are making a mountain out of a molehill.

“And I think we should be judged by the action we have taken, not by speculation of what we are likely to do.

“My stand is that it will be clear as soon as we finish the processes Nigerians will know what decisions we have taken,” Mr. Jega explained.

He also dismissed the allegation that INEC worked outside the electoral or constitutional laws on the registration and de-registration of political parties.

“We acted according to the law, both the constitution and Electoral Acts have granted us the power to register as well as to de-register parties. And what we have done is to de-register political parties in compliance with the legal provision.

“And as you may know in the last one week or so, even those who went to court to contest their de-registration have lost in court because the court has judged that we have the power to de-register political parties.

“So, registration and de-registration are continuous processes, we would do them as the need arises,” he said.

The chairman added that INEC would release programmes for the delimitation of constituencies in April.

“INEC will try to do delimitation of constituencies in good time before the 2015 general election. We have already finalised operations in-house, we have come up with a plan of action.

“God willing, before the end of April, we will roll out the programme of delimitation of constituency, but before then there are phases to it and we intend to do it,” Jega said.

He said the commission’s first plan of action on the constituency delimitation was to sensitise the public to  the reason for it and how to do it before commencing.

“We have already commenced that process of sensitisation; when we met last week with chairmen and secretaries of political parties we briefed them on the preparations,

“We will now use some time to reach out to all relevant stakeholders and brief them before we roll out the programme,” he said.

Mr. Jega said that the commission would conduct the delimitation of constituencies  transparently and urged Nigerians to cooperate with INEC to achieve success.

“My call on Nigerians is that they should cooperate fully with us because it is important to delimit constituencies, it has not been done in Nigeria since 1996 and it is important that we do it and we do it well.

“We have pledged to do it transparently and we will require the support and cooperation of Nigerians so that it can be done well. It is important and we must all work together to ensure success.”



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  • ussy

    Allah ya tsine maka

  • Munafuki, mai karya Allah ya fi ku.

    • idris

      malm audi,ka tabbatar mana cewa ba tarbiyya a gidanku

  • Babankhhady

    Haba JEGA. Mu tuni muka dawo daga rakiyar ka. Amma Allah zaiyi mana Sakayya.

  • tualey

    stupid aboki commentators….did they tell you that this is a hausa/fulani forum?

  • igbiki

    So which one are we to believe?

    “”Reiterating a statement that had earlier been made and roundly denied when the heat became intense by his spokesman, Kayode Idowu, Jega on the live radio programme today said : “We have explained these to them. They wrote back insisting that they followed the guideline, but we have not screen them yet because the procedures are step by step. Except INEC comes out to announce that it has registered so and so party, the bickering is unnecessary. We have written to them that a group has come to seek for registration with that name and if they want us to look at their application, they will have to look for another name.”

    To buttress his point, he made allusion to the process of company registration in Corporate Affairs Commission,CAC where companies names are registered on first come first serve basis, the INEC chairman said that “If you want to register a company, before the company is registered, you would have to apply for a name which the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) will take some time to search. We don’t operate like this in INEC, but because of this controversy, we have learnt a lesson. I think at the end of the day, we will also adopt the same system to avoid this problem. We must operate according to the rules and we will work with anybody who fulfil the provisions of the law.

    “Somebody first came with the name and we have explained that we are already screening the person who first came with the name. So if you want your application to be considered, go and change your name because it is not possible to registered three groups with the same name. We have not even reached the stage of registering any group, when we reach that stage, we will take the appropriate decisions.””

  • Srawayau

    Mayaudari Allah yafika, aniyar kowa tabisa.