We’re yet to decide on poll shift – INEC

INEC chairman, Atahiru Jega.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it is yet to take a decision to shift the general elections or hold them as scheduled.

Kayode Idowu, the spokesperson to the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES a short while ago.

The presidential and national assembly elections has been fixed for February 14 while those of the governorship and state houses of assembly are scheduled for February 28.

The Nigerian government and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party have been pushing for the postponement of the polls citing the security challenge in the northeast zone of the country as well as INEC’s poor handling of the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards as reasons.

Although the electoral body has insisted it was ready for the elections, the Council of State rose from its meeting on Thursday asking it to go ahead, while also advising it to consult widely on the matter.

This prompted INEC to commence a fresh round of consultation at the end of which it would address a press conference later today (Saturday) to announce the its decision on the matter.

Mr. Idowu told this newspaper via a text message no decision had been reached on postponement contrary to a report by an international news agency.

In fact when PREMIUM TIMES contacted Mr. Idowu, he spoke in low tone, saying his Commission was in a consultative meeting with the leadership of the 28 political parties.

At the time of this report, members of the Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, were about to take their turn after which the Commission would meet with the 36 state Resident Electoral Commissioners and that of the Federal Capital Territory.

Asked to confirm if the elections had been postponed as reported by some media organisation, Mr. Idowu said, “Nothing like that (has been) decided by INEC yet.”


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  • detective

    Jega if like agree to their plot of postponement ok? You too ll suffer it believe me. They (presidency) ll kno hw to handle wt their perpetual evils

    • a’i

      With whatever wahala on ur head @jega this is d time 4 u to show nigerian’s that u still hv some integrity left. No to election shift.
      And for d few that think only d north can vote, who told u we all have our PVC’s ? But just dat they promised Nigerian’s and they should stick to it.

  • Truthometer

    INEC, don’t do it for Nigerian sake! The election must go on as scheduled. Pure and simple!

    • Ken

      have you collected your pvc? You don’t want Nigerians to vote? you want only northerners to vote? you guys are joking thing that if election is held on the 14, Buhari will win. It is not true. GEJ will win Buhari any day.

      • Hk

        The let the elections hold as scheduled.

      • Mal. Musa

        Then why gej is afraid of d election?

  • True Nigerian

    Professor Humphrey Nwosu told IBB to do his worst. amidst silly threats from Babangida, the wonderful professor went ahead and conducted the most credible election in Nigeria’s history. The heavens did not fall on Nigeria. IBB’s attempt to mess with the people’s mandate nearly ended his life and he had to run away.

    Today, here we are again discussing whether or not an election should hold, simply because one silly drunken fellow thinks that the people who voted him into power do not have the power to vote him out on merit. It’s an insult! And all the so-called elder statesmen, men of God, are all silently looking at the idiocy like a movie, because most of them are rent seekers!

    It is difficult not to be ashamed of this country, even as a citizen that loves his country. What is the big deal in holding an election in a country that has produced some of the best minds in the developed world? In most countries of the world (including some developing countries), when election is taking place, you will not even notice, because people would be going about their normal business and still voting. Here, people have to fight for every little thing in an annoying way.

    Brazil, China, Malaysia have all gone past us in economic and technological development. Probably, soon, a communist China will also become better than Nigeria on democracy.

    • tyson

      BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO ANNOUNCE THE RESULT CONCERNING–THE WINNER OF THAT ELECTION—HE IS A COWARD PERIOD–DER4 HAS NO PLACE IN HISTORY

    • Wähala

      The man Jega is as corrupt as Dumbo himself, his past is what the PDP are using against him and if he bulks, the wrath of millions of Nigerians will be visited upon him. If he has common sense, he would realize that an Army that could not guarantee security of lives and property in some parts of the country in last 6yrs can never guarantee security in 6weeks… and a Govt. that refuses to grant a 2day public holidays so people can collect their PVC’s is definitely up to no good. Thus, they must be blackmailing Jega for awarding the biometric machine contract to himself via his father-in-law like I’ve been saying. The crisis a postponement can cause is enough reason any person with clear conscience would cite and go ahead with the elections once and for all. Court case… what court case? The case of Dumbo’s eleigibilty to contest and possibly get sworn-in 3times for a 10yr sit tight has been lavishing in the courts for 2yrs, how come that case was not settled long ago? Abeg, I dey watch my boy play football o’jare… yeye country, King of Third World.

      • Magenta

        They have jega by the balls bcus he stole inec funds correct wahala

        • Wähala

          Shikena!

    • Ken

      Your comments are unfortunate! Who will benefit from election postponement? Who will lose from the action?

  • tyson

    2015 Election Postponed For 6 Weeks.

    The Nigeria people have spoken, INEC has heard, and the General elections has been postponed for six weeks.
    Those that planned to disenfranchise over 43% of Nigerian voters have failed.

    Every eligible Nigerian electorate must have their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) before any election.

    • tyson

      The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has said it is only when the over 20 million christians that are displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency are able to vote before the February 14 and 28 elections can be said to be free and fair.

      This was disclosed yesterday by CAN’s Director of National Issues and Social Welfare, Mr. Sunday Oibe, in Abuja during a donation by CAN to internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in New Kunchingoro.

      Oibe said: “The chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, should do everything to ensure that Christians that have been displaced from the North-East cast their votes. We have churches that had their headquarters, like the EYN in Maiduguri. They have been displaced with over three million people scattered all over the country.

      “If the over 20 million Christians displaced from the North-East do not cast their votes, how can you say that the elections are credible and acceptable? We wanted to meet with Prof. Jega on the topic last week. He gave us an appointment but reneged at the last minute, so we are calling on Jega to ensure that IDPs, particularly Christians displaced from the North-East cast their votes, or we will not accept it

      • a’i

        Why are u talking about Christians only, don’t 4get most affected are d Muslims. 4 over 4 years what have they done about insurgency is it not that things r not working in the gov’t favour that you remember insurgency.
        We in the north east are ready to vote, pls don’t bring religion into this. Religion was never our problem there until now that this administration scattered us. But thank God we now understand ourselves

  • Ahmad

    Their combined efforts (PDP/FGN/NA/DSS/NPF) to manipulate,frustrate and intimidate Jega/INEC to shift the election date will be an exercise in futility since they cannot change God’s design and date.

  • aisha mohammed2015

    I pity this country..but let dem postpone it for a whole year if dey like…d election must hold one day and GEJ will be voted in

    • Wizard

      Lol! Aisha, i think you meant to say, GEJ will be voted out?

  • Ette

    The election cannot be postponed, all the noise and the so called media report of postponement is the handiwork of wicked PDP to cause confusion. They are failing in all fronts. If Jega bows to the wicked pressure in spite of all their wicked blackmail, then the rumor that election should be shifted to April by which time JEGA will be asked to go on terminal leave and an acting chairman that will rig election for PDP appointed. We should note what Edwin Clark and his kankeroo southern people’s assembly vomited, and the fact that 6 weeks from now falls in April. Nigerians must resist this wicked plan to save our dear country from total collapse. Why this desperation: to continue with stealing and preserve what they have already stolen. God forbid. Let us all rise and say no to this madness.

  • niko

    JEGA. DONT POSTPONE THE ELECTIONS. BE A NIGERIAN PATRIOT!

  • Forward_Nigeria

    PROF JEGA AND INEC MUST REMEMBER THE ANAMBRA EXPERIENCE

    INEC must remember the Anambra Governorship election experience and what the All Propaganda Congress (APC) is capable of doing if they get a hint of administrative lapses on the part of INEC.

    In fact, in the case of Anambra, they nearly succeeded in discrediting the elections based on unexpected minor and unavoidable administrative lapses by INEC.

    INEC must ensure that they give no room to the All Propaganda Congress (APC) to discredit the elections by ensuring that elections hold only when INEC is comprehensively ready.

    GEJ Forever

  • ICC Hague

    Election must hold according to the schedule, Nigeria is not a property of GEJ or PDP, because some one is loosing election is not a reason to hold the whole country to ransom, this has never happen in the whole world. What kind of message are we sending to the world and the future generation. The fact is coming out now that the Nigerian Government under GEJ is strongly behind BokoHaram insurgency, using the people blood for political gains. Nyako is vindicated, He foretold us about GEJ conspiracy on Bokoharam and the illegally removed him from office. Jega should remain steadfast and do not give up Nigerians are behind you. Their evil plot will be destroyed by God grace. If you cant dealt with BokoHaram in six years how can you finished them in weeks to come, is just a useless excuses. Even Afghanistan in which the whole country is at war they conducted free and fair election. America and UK have to warn GEJ and his associates in a strong term that they will bear the brunt of the consequences of their actions, because Nigerians will never tolerate their manipulations.

  • qs. israel

    The national Security Adviser & Army Chief Of Staff should be sacked for not be able to provide security before, during and after election. Dear Prof Jega kdly go ahead to conduct election because bokoharam did not disturb PVC voters card collection, thus, bokoharam will not interfare with voting exercise. tks

  • FBI Oyefeso

    Hmmmm uncle Jona is realy showing how fast he has learned to play politics. By manipulating the security agency to blackmail INEC and shy away from providing security for the election to chasing after shadow of Boko Haram. Hmmmm this is a clear state of power of incubency at work. God save us

  • olastock

    Read below inec not decide or say anything on postpoment of election

    The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it is yet to take a decision to shift the general elections or hold them as scheduled.
    Kayode Idowu, the spokesperson to the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES a short while ago.
    The presidential and national assembly elections has been fixed for February 14 while those of the governorship and state houses of assembly are scheduled for February 28.
    The Nigerian government and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party have been pushing for the postponement of the polls citing the security challenge in the northeast zone of the country as well as INEC’s poor handling of the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards as reasons.
    Although the electoral body has insisted it was ready for the elections, the Council of State rose from its meeting on Thursday asking it to go ahead, while also advising it to consult widely on the matter.
    This prompted INEC to commence a fresh round of consultation at the end of which it would address a press conference later today (Saturday) to announce the its decision on the matter.
    Mr. Idowu told this newspaper via a text message no decision had been reached on postponement contrary to a report by an international news agency.
    In fact when PREMIUM TIMES contacted Mr. Idowu, he spoke in low tone, saying his Commission was in a consultative meeting with the leadership of the 28 political parties.
    At the time of this report, members of the Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, were about to take their turn after which the Commission would meet with the 36 state Resident Electoral Commissioners and that of the Federal Capital Territory.
    Asked to confirm if the elections had been postponed as reported by some media organisation, Mr. Idowu said, “Nothing like that (has been) decided by INEC yet.

  • anneedu

    Pls say it so val can hold