Protesters storm INEC office, demand postponement of this month’s general elections

Protesters protesting in an INEC office in Lagos last year; Photo credit: Babsol.com.ng

Protesters numbering about 100 stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Monday, demanding the postponement of this month’s general elections.

The youth gathered at the INEC headquarters in the Maitama District of Abuja asking it to delay the polls because of the difficulty in the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card, PVCs.

The protest confirmed PREMIUM TIMES exclusive story of last Thursday revealing the plot by the Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] to organize nationwide protest against the electoral body to force it to shift the polls.

According to the protesters, only 40 per cent of the poll had been distributed ahead of the February 14 and 28 elections.

They also claimed that INEC needed 960,000 ad hoc staff but that at the time of their protest the staff had not been engaged.

They argued that if the polls were allowed to go ahead as scheduled, several million Nigerians would not be able to vote.

The youth, who gathered at Unity Fountain beside Hilton Hotel before marching to the INEC headquarters on Zambezi Street, were bearing banners and placards with the inscriptions such as “Election is for general participation, not for selective few” “INEC, do the right thing,” “Don’t disenfranchise Nigerians,” “We demand for the extension of election to allow Nigerian exercise their franchise.”

After the protest, the youth returned to the Unity Fountain where they were sighted sharing money.

It was not clear if they were sponsored by the Presidency or the PDP, but sources indicated that they were hired by some unnamed individuals who promised them money.

The National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel, had at an event in London recently made a case for the shift of the elections to give INEC more time to distribute all the PVCs.

However, criticisms trailed the call with Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, alleging that Mr. Dasuki was only making the call to buy time for the PDP presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign to gather steam.

Since the NSA made the call some individuals and groups have also asked for the postponement of the polls.

PREMIUM TIMES had on January 29 reported that the party and the presidency had concluded plan to mobilize women and youth groups across the country to march on INEC headquarters and its offices across the country to demand postponement of the elections.

The report reads:

Barring any change in their plan, the Nigerian presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] will any moment from now begin to instigate protests against the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] as a way of forcing the commission to postpone the February 14 and 28 general elections.

Presidency and PDP insiders told this newspaper Thursday that as part of the plot to postpone the elections, women and youth groups across the country would be procured to march on INEC headquarters and state offices with placards, complaining about the electoral body’s refusal to deliver their Permanent Voter Cards [PVC] to them.

The protesters will then call for a postponement of the election so they would not be disenfranchised.

To perfect the plans for the widespread plans, PREMIUM TIMES understands that several planning meetings have been held by officials of the PDP, the party’s presidential campaign council and some presidency officials on how to finance the women and youth groups to undertake the protests.

A source familiar with the matter, but who declined to be named for security reasons, said the protesters are expected to gather in INEC offices to protest the inability of the commission to distribute the Permanent Voters Card and ask for the postponement of the elections.

“The protest will begin in Abuja after which similar ones will hold in various offices across the country, billions of naira has already been approved,” our source said.

He also said the latest move is a follow up to the kite flown by the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, calling for the postponement of the polls on account of INEC’s inability to distribute PVCs.

Mr. Dasuki called for the postponement in London, while addressing an audience at Chatham House.

However, the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, has stated that the measures taken by the Commission for the distribution of PVCs would be enough to overcome the challenges being faced in the distribution of the cards.

INEC also said it has so far distributed 42.77 million PVCS out of the 68.8 million registered voters, representing 62.15 per cent.

Since Mr. Dasuki’s call for postponement of the polls, several Nigerians and groups, especially, the All Progressives Congress, APC, have maintained that the Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are pushing for postponement because of the fear of failure.

The PDP and Presidency have both denied being behind the postponement move. But our source said Wednesday’s meeting has confirmed that PDP officials wanted more time to explore ways of turning around what appears a “change” momentum in the country.

“They agreed that the best thing to do is to force a postponement to allow the party recover effectively,” another presidency source said.

“They also agreed that the momentum to attack the integrity of General Buhari must be maintained before any election is allowed,” he said.

The spokesperson for the PDP presidential campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode, as well as the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Rufai Alkali, could not be reached to comment for this story.

While Mr. Fani-Kayode’s telephone lines failed to connect, Mr. Alkali did not answer or return calls.

The spokesperson for the APC, Lai Mohammed, had issued a statement Wednesday saying, a newspaper advert plainly calling for election shifts has the imprint of the PDP and Presidency.

”There is no clearer indication that the PDP and the Presidency are the puppeteers behind the election shift campaign than Wednesday’s newspaper advertorial plainly campaigning for the polls to be shifted.

”This advert, which has the picture of President Goodluck Jonathan and the logo of the PDP – meaning they will be the sole beneficiaries of the postponement they are seeking – leaves no one in doubt that the ruling party and the presidency are pathologically dishonest, deliberately deceptive and chronically terrified about the elections,” Mr. Mohammed said.


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  • WALE

    Majority of Nigerians want the election to proceed.Inec should not listen to them

    • truth is bitter

      Who are the majority. If the election is postpone for 10 years some people will still say they are not ready

      • Olusola

        we re majority! Elections must hold even if your lord and master is not ready for defeat. We will not delay Buhari’s victory. Lucky must GO!!

  • Spoken word

    PDP is only known for one thing. That is sharing money. Now they are calling for postponement of election, because their money supply will be cut when Sai Buhari enters office. You guys are a curse on Nigeria.

  • The patriot

    Shame on you PDP !

  • Nasiru mohammad Anka

    160,000,000 – 100 = 159, 999, 900. Unless if as usual 15 is greater than 19.

  • Akiika

    The ABN of our time…if una like, make una commit suicide, the election must hold. I thought GEJ is winning….reality has dawned on you….ah ah ah! Sai Buhari

  • endingNaija

    The 20 Billion Naira Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Fund is really working. I am just wondering how much Mr. Goodluck Jonathan paid these youths. I am sorry for Nigeria. Goodluck Jonathan toyed with the destiny of Nigeria for SIX Years. He is not prepared for the election because he thought he could rig it like in the previous elections. Looking defeat in the face, he is looking for ways to postpone. The evil that Goodluck Jonathan did will definitely continue to live after him.

    • Tunsj

      Agreed. Worst President since the founding of this country.

  • Questioner

    TO MOVE AN ELECTION FORWARD A BIT WITHIN THE TIME
    ALLOWED BY THE CONSTITUTION IS PERFECTLY LAWFUL,
    AND, WILL FURTHERMORE ALLOW FOR THE ANSWER TO
    A QUESTION THAT MUST BE ANSWERED PRIOR TO ELECTION,
    VIZ:

    • Uzoma

      Me too i can’t vote in any illegal question if one or more candidates are not qualified.

      • Bammy

        @ Uzoma,

        Which illegal question? Who is asking you to come and vote for illegal question?
        If you say you don’t want illegal election that is a different matter, not question.
        A free and fair election must have valid candidates, i agree with you on that one.

    • ODOFIN, Lagos

      I don’t need BUHARI TO SHOW ME HIS CERTIFICATE FOR ME TO VOTE HIM. even if he shows you his certificate, you will still not vote for him. Hence, You don’t have business with his certificate

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      Above all Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has brought politics of religion, Tribe, North/South dichotomy and hate . Infact, Dr. Goodluck started exhibiting all these vices when he was Governor of Bayelsa State. As a Deputy Governor,he has some obstacles so when he became Governor, it was a payback time . He started punishing the ijaws that brought him to power in the state. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan started playing politics of divide and rule.

      He also made sure no project goes to any ijaw village and any Ijaw person is empowered in Bayelsa .This he has continued till date . I served in the State Executive Council with Dr, Goodluck Jonathan and I questioned one of his series of contracts he used in siphoning the Bayelsa State treasury was his singular approval of Two Billion Naira (2,000,000,000.00) for sand stock piling at Yenogoa for Bayelsa indigenes to park and use to start a building project I stood up to oppose it but yet Two Billion Naira was paid but a drop of sand was not dropped.
      LPOPL

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Copy and paste illiterate !!

        • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

          I WILL COPY AND PASTE THE WAY YOUR MASTER THE WHITE MAN MADE IT POSSIBLE TO RELATE RELEVANT ISSUES TO REASONABLE PEOPLES. CRIMINALS 419ERS YOUR TYPE ARE BETTER TO BE KEPT IN PRISON OR EXECUTED IF NOT, HUMAN BEING FEEL THRETENED. CRIMINAL ILLITERATE IGNORANT IGBO SLAVE.

        • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

          Above all Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has brought politics of religion, Tribe, North/South dichotomy and hate . Infact, Dr. Goodluck started exhibiting all these vices when he was Governor of Bayelsa State. As a Deputy Governor,he has some obstacles so when he became Governor, it was a payback time . He started punishing the ijaws that brought him to power in the state. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan started playing politics of divide and rule.

          He also made sure no project goes to any ijaw village and any Ijaw person is empowered in Bayelsa .This he has continued till date . I served in the State Executive Council with Dr, Goodluck Jonathan and I questioned one of his series of contracts he used in siphoning the Bayelsa State treasury was his singular approval of Two Billion Naira (2,000,000,000.00) for sand stock piling at Yenogoa for Bayelsa indigenes to park and use to start a building project I stood up to oppose it but yet Two Billion Naira was paid but a drop of sand was not dropped.IOUP

        • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

          Buhari Is The Next President And Jonathan Is Aware Of That – Obasanjo –

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Obasanjo is not a Supreme God. OBJ has failed to install Gov of Ogun state let alone installing the president of Nigeria. It is only God that has power to say who becomes the President, and God, the Supreme might have ordained GEJ. Amen

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            OBASANJO BABA IYABO FORCED GOODLOCK JONOTHING ON NIGERIANS AFTER YARADUA. AND THESAME BABA IYABO WILL REDUCE JONATHAN TO WHERE HE BELONGS. CRIMINAL BABY FACTORY SON.

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Childish talk.

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            CRIMINAL!!!

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Poor got poor home training

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            GO BACK TO SCHOOL. POOR ENGLISH INDEED!

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Learner.

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            GO BACK TOO SCHOOL!

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            Though he has lost the right to, Nigerians may allow Mr. Jonathan contest on February 14th, but in the event there is any treacherous attempt to postpone the elections, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan must resign immediately. I am sure I am speaking for most Nigerians here. We are tired of a corruption embracing, ethic fractionizing, religious polarizing, army undermining, reputation bankrupting, economic collapsing, loan accumulating, criminal pardoning, terror aiding, environment degrading, GMO fraternizing, poverty expanding, job-seeker humiliating, terrorist fire ceasing, money laundering, opposition slandering, commonwealth usurping, ‘prinspal’ humiliating, abducted girls denying, massacre ignoring, cabal indulging, shame stabbing government that will not conduct a simple election for us as and at when due.klj

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Trash! Fabricated issues. We are not far away again from reality. Soon than later, you will contradict yourself.
            GEJ till 2019

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            GO TO SCHOOL.

    • Maitama Tambari

      Executioner not questioner. To give GEJ more time to perfect himself. NO. Capital NO. by the way how much did you collect, you and Tyson? The youth, unemployed youth were mobilized to rally against INEC, where was IG Sulaiman? Were these youth going to be part of the statistic achievement of GEJ on employment? CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

  • Wakawa Aliyu

    Hhmm…may God prevent mayhem from emanating from this….because this is really a matter for concern

  • bobby

    If this is not managed well enough, it would result into Anarchy. Clearly they are in the minorities so they must be. Majority of Nigerians supports INEC and happy to get the elections conducted in February. Life must return to Normal. Politicians are using these lots for personal gains.

    • captdave

      Bobby
      The world is watching

  • Arabakpura

    Don’t delete Nigeria, I plead with you Mr President. You must give a damn to this one please!

  • WALE

    P..D.P are failures,they know the disgrace that is awaiting them.Election must go on.

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    The so-called activists/protesters will run away from the country when repercussion of shifting election occurs – chaos & anarchy will arise. I will advise INEC to ignore them. If they want PVCs, I have my doubt, they should go to their wards. I am sure none of them register to VOTE. Anyway, this is democracy, they have the right to protest even over frivolous issues.

  • All these are being caused by Buhari himself. He was not supposed to have informed the politicians about his intentions to consign them to the Prestigious Kirikiri Presidential Suite Prison. Who wan die after hearing that the last time this Buhari guy took over power, many corrupt politicians died while Umaru Dikko was almost smuggled inside a container. Gentlemen, flights outside Nigeria have been fully booked.No corrupt politician wants to be found in the country, under a President Buhari.

    • tyson

      how can a man who forged his school cert ever be able to jail people in Nigeria?

      • eddy

        Wait and see!!!

  • Truthometer

    I hope the fire Dumbo/PDP and their supporters are about to stoke, is not going to consume them all. Nigeria is bigger than any individual or any party. The election MUST go on as scheduled!

    • IAMAFRICAN

      Better put, Nigeria is bigger than the north. The north has 85 percent of PVC collected and the South 45. are you serious?

  • Abdulsamad Hamzat Isah

    Nigerians and their amusement! Nothing is impossible during this politicking season. INEC has tried its best with regards to PVC distribution and collection, but its best doesn’t mean serving every registered voter their PVCs. I know in my state, Sokoto as of 2 weeks ago at least 88.6% registered voters had collected their PVCs. Similarly, throughout the country the percentage is about 70%. If these protesters really mean well for the country, they should have concentrated their protests on so many anomalies divulging our country rather than trying to disenfranchise the citizens on their civic obligations as at the arranged time.

    • tyson

      why should that of sokoto be almost 90 pecent and other zones in the south be 70% or less?

      • Lanre

        People employed to distribute PVC are from North, likewise Southerns are employed in South. Why are they lagging behind? Are they ploying to sabotage inec effort? Is It not this same Jega that declared GEJ as the winner of 2011 election? Now he has become Fulani man or Buhari’s tribeman. God dey.

      • tundemash

        What PVC was used in Ekiti and Ondo elections ?
        Election must hold FeBuhari 14th whether Dumbo likes it or not !

        • Abdulsamad Hamzat Isah

          Yes, Tyson I know the percentage of Sokoto because that’s where I work and I didn’t say the percentage in the South is 70%, I gave the percentage of the whole country.
          It will not do anyone any good to be blaming each other on the PVC collection. As a citizen of Nigeria, you can mobilize those around you to go and collect their PVC since the exercise is still ongoing until 8th February.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    Above all Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has brought politics of religion, Tribe, North/South dichotomy and hate . Infact, Dr. Goodluck started exhibiting all these vices when he was Governor of Bayelsa State. As a Deputy Governor,he has some obstacles so when he became Governor, it was a payback time . He started punishing the ijaws that brought him to power in the state. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan started playing politics of divide and rule.

    He also made sure no project goes to any ijaw village and any Ijaw person is empowered in Bayelsa .This he has continued till date . I served in the State Executive Council with Dr, Goodluck Jonathan and I questioned one of his series of contracts he used in siphoning the Bayelsa State treasury was his singular approval of Two Billion Naira (2,000,000,000.00) for sand stock piling at Yenogoa for Bayelsa indigenes to park and use to start a building project I stood up to oppose it but yet Two Billion Naira was paid but a drop of sand was not dropped.
    JKHJ

    • tyson

      SO WHAT happened after Sylva took over from Jonathan for 4 years?

    • Preco01

      On Christianity, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is not a
      Christian. I am a close friend of Dr.Goodluck Jonathan and he confirmed our
      friendship during one of his presidential briefing.
      Dr.Goodluck Jonathan I know serves voodoo , And
      that is what he practices . In 2006 in the dining at the Governor’s Lodge
      Yenegoa, he did not pray before eating, so I asked him why, he replied me that
      he has not prayed in his life. I was really worried hearing that from him. The
      following day we were discussing when Dr.Goodluck told me he has a weakness and
      that he does not know how to forgive.
      The country today is blood, blood, blood and
      nothing is done. Why? And no solution “ So by their fruit we shall know them”
      When the righteous rule, the people shall rejoice.
      Dr.Goodluck should desist from using religion or
      the churches to advance his campaign or adoption, because it will make to
      expose him further. We want a country of peace, love and security.

      Dr. CHIEF FRANK AKPOEBI, (Former Commissioner for
      Health Bayelsa State and Former Federal Commission Revenue Mobilization,
      Allocation and Fiscal Commission)

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The Fulani controlled INEC has suppressed the issuance of PVC in the south but making sure all Sharia northerners have their PVCs………this is a recipe for mayhem.

    Professor Jega who is a Fulani like Buhari is playing with the corporate existence of Nigeria as one entity !!

    • August January

      Nice one! I want you to say amen to this prayer: May God transform your life the way Jonathan has transformed Nigeria so far

    • tundemash

      Whihc PVCs were used in Ekiti and Osun elections ? Look for another exucse; these election must hold FeBuhari 14th , else we will ship Dumbo in hand and leg chains to ICC !

  • tyson

    Jonathan should not allow Muazu the chairman of PDP and the NSA dasuki mislead him–these are fulanis who are working behind the scene to ensure that buhari wins the election–

  • Gideon Orkar

    APC arrangee. 100 “protesters” x N2,500 = N250K to organise. The elections must hold and will hold

    • August January

      Great! I want you to say amen to this prayer: May God transform your life the way Jonathan has transformed Nigeria so far

      • Gideon Orkar

        Amen. And may God transform your life the way Tinubu has been ruling Lagos and Shekau Sambisa forest. Oya say Amen!

    • tundemash

      I guess the NSA Dasuki who advocated postponement of election is an APC man. Do u think before you hit that keyboard at all ?

  • Wähala

    PDP are predictable pfools…
    Alhj. Lai Mohammed warned about all their silly antics yet, they’ve acted each out exactly as the Prophet prophesized. Didn’t even try to disguise their desperation. Paying unemployed youths to disgrace themselves for a few droppings of crumbs is not only illegal, it is efforts in futility as elections must and will hold or Nigeria goes up in smokes. Jega should order INEC official to stand ready to issue those clowns with their PVC’s since they claim they will be disenfranchised for not collecting them. Dumbo on the hand, should declare few days nationwide holidays to allow more people without their cards to collect them, that’s the intelligent thing to do if his PDP Party are not scared silly of losing at the polls next week. Where’s Olisa Metuh to reaffirm their readiness to whup Buhari at the polls? Let him call on the demonstrators to better use time to go their LGA’s and pick up their voter cards instead of constituting public nuisance… sour losers!

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    I have laughed to stupor. APC and its followers are day dreamers. They think that they can deceive Nigerians. Premium Times is simply a conspirator. This is why you can see the same names, same people coming to patronize their ill service. No matter how hard they may try to bring PDP and GEJ down, together they have failed.
    Public opinion is against Buhari’s handedness.
    Nigerians are ready to go into poll to vote GEJ only if their PVCs could be given to them before the day of election.
    GEJ till 2019.

    • August January

      Good! GEJ till 2019! Right? I want you to say amen to this prayer: May God transform your life the way Jonathan has transformed Nigeria so far

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        Are you a christian? Hahahahaha, saying prayer, coor, saying prayer nii.

        • August January

          Eru n ba e ati sami adura ni? O ga o! So, why do you wish Nigeria badluck till 2019 then? Henceforth anyone who says he supports Jonathan’s reelection that’s my prayer for them

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            poor thinking

          • Leslie

            Say Amen na!

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Poor request of yours.

          • Shuaibu Bola Victor

            Poor prayer.

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        POVERTY OF MIND

        • Leslie

          Why are you afraid to say a simple Amen?

    • Leslie

      Day dreamer

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        Wonders shall never end.

  • Preco01

    Next phase of PDPs buffonery!! How much did they pay these miserable lot?

  • August January

    Surely, those are Obanikoro’s boys! They have to feed, and here is someone who is ready to share to them some money, because he knows he would have the next 4 months or so to loot as a minister of Jonathan to gain his money back! So, not really their fault, those guys have no daily job, being part of the failure of 16 years of “rape” of Nigerians by PDP, particularly 6-years of “gang-rape” of Nigerian youths by Jonathan.

  • Chris1408

    Mumu people selling their future for miserly sum

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    I wonder why I have not heard Premium Times conducting online polls for GEJ and GMB? What is holding them or has it not occurred to them? Premium Times my foot. All that they know is to fabricate lies to favour APC. Thank God that everyone outside there knows that Premium Times is a puppet of APC.

    GEJ we know come Feb., 14

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    B-R-E-A-K-I-N-G News:
    Jonathan ESCAPED ASSASSINATION IN Gombe State.- Vanguard

    A blast ripped through a car park outside a stadium where President Goodluck Jonathan had addressed a re-election campaign rally on Monday, minutes after he left, witnesses said….

    Mohammed Bolari, who was at the rally in Gombe, said the explosion happened at 3:10 pm just three minutes after Jonathan’s departure.

    A local reporter added: “The president had just passed the parking lot and we were trailing behind his convoy when the explosion happened… just 100 metres (yards) from the bus we were driving in.”

    WHO ARE THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT? ….

  • PhD-Port harcourt Diploma

    I am surprised at the way people are calling for postponement of the Feb. 14 election. Has every qualified eligible voter registered in a country of over 170 million people where less than 70 million people registered to vote? Can every qualified eligible voter register? If answers to these questions are no, then all voters cannot get their PVC even if the election is postponed till 2025. Some will just not go for their PVCs. Don’t let us forget that people were coerced into getting registered because of the touted benefits that every registered voter could get. So, many people are contented with evidence of registration(the TVC) rather than getting the PVC that will make them to vote. But let us wait and see the outcome of all these scheming. I remember when late Amb. Segun Olusola was speaking on a television program where he said when he was ambassador to Ethiopia, he had cause to visit a refugee camp. He was introduced as Nigerian ambassador to Ethiopia to the refugees, and later a man he met in the refugee camp introduced himself as the senate president of the country that war destroyed and her people populated the camp. The analogy here is let us tread with caution. No country will accommodate us when the bubble burst as we have given ourselves bad names all over the world. Again, all these people thinking they are important now will realise that they are nothing. All the money stolen will be useless. Abo oro la nso f’omoluwabi, abo mi ree ooo!!!

    • Good one

      I like your name sha!!! I think we should all adopt a variant of the name – at least that should hammer home the message.

    • Okey

      Over six (6) million Southerners have moved away from the North down South following incessant assurances of death “should Jonathan win.” Ironically whole Jega has delivered millions of PVCs to IDP camps that have not up to 100 each, he had maintained a deafening silence over the franchise of those 6 million Southerners that ran and more running away from the North. Jega must allow them to vote without the PVC or postpone the election to enable them register for it. These Nigerians MUST cast their votes.

      • August January

        Mr Manufacturer! Haba! Tell us the source of your figure? The 6 million persons that returned home in the South from the North came to register in your house, that is why you know their figure! Right?

        • Okey

          Cardinal Onaiyekan appealed on behalf of this people yesterday in Abuja. Thisday newspaper reported today that more are still moving out of Kano State as at this hour. Come and register them, you will even find that the figure I gave here is far too less.

          • August January

            So, it was the Cardinal that gave you the figure! Right? Be careful! Stop bringing up cooked up figure please

          • Okey

            That’s why you MUST produce the CERTIFICATE as evidence of your ability to read and comprehend.

            I posted, ‘these people exist, Onaiyekan has appealed on their behalf, come and get them registered and confirm my figure.’ What’s your difficulty here ?

        • Leslie

          Lol

  • Wise Head

    Haba! Some APC e-rats are asking why Nigerians are bothered about crime committed 54 years ago when there are more pressing in the
    country to occupy us. Yes, we are still interested because crime, no matter how many years it has lasted, is still crime. Moreover the felon has not shown any sign of remorse or repentance. It is obvious that if indeed, the APC gets into power, they will honour murderers because they committed the crimes 54 years ago. That is the new face of change. That is how to be a progressive. But for us, whoever commits a crime (lying under oath – perjury) should face the consequences. That is why no one takes the APC seriously because they are a bunch of lawless people. So, because, somebody has stolen three time and escaped uncaught, then he should be pardoned if at the fourth time he is caught? That is the kind of logic you only hear in the APC, the so-called party of “progressives” coming to “clean up” Nigeria. I pity this country.

    • Leslie

      Pity yourself

      • Wise Head

        Your problem is fear of the truth

  • olotito

    If I hear say them this ones are real protesters…protesters in my foot..the PDP sponsored protest…a protest not stage during the subsidy scam,protest not staged when #Gej is looting. CHANGE JARe.APC

  • Screw-em

    Wonders in 9ja. With Dumbo GEJ’s supposed “achievements” as president in the last six years, one would expect his supporters to be jumping hoops trying to get to the polls to vote cause of his phantom enviable accomplishments. . The disenfranchised and displaced voters in the North East should be the one’s protesting to ensure they exercise their rights to vote if anything against the despicable Boko Haram. Buhari should be the one screaming bloody murder!,claiming INEC has the elections skewed in Dumbo’s favour .I sure do live in a different planet..Folks you see what having a “Phd” does to your brain!!……..lol

    • FortB

      Did you interview the protesters and they told you they are PDP members? Lagos that is suffering most in terms of number of PVC yet to be distributed is not a PDP controlled state. So who stands to lose if there is no extension? Stop peddling lies. Let the elections hold and when you lose, don’t turn around to use the fact that many did not collect PVC as case for cancellation of d elections results

      • Screw-em

        For starters, the crumb catchers are all in Abuja and not Lagos.
        Lagosians don’t seem perturbed at the “slow” distribution of the PVC
        exercise, cause I expect them to vote with their heads and not how empty
        their pockets are. A man sitting on the “Largest Economy” in Africa with
        “Jobs galore”, easy money (lol) will sure “win” in your pipe dream
        estimation…eh?..Oga wipe your blurry glasses cause the truck coming at Aso Rock ala BUHARI is unstoppable.. PERIOD!!

  • favourtalk

    this is not new in nigeria, this are sponsored protesters who were paid by PDP when they hav eknown that they have lost the election, this coming general election is about peace and holligalsim, the people have spoken and they are not going back to wickedness and brutality again. we need change in nigeria and by the grace of God , nigeria will vote BUhari

  • tundemash

    Can u these PDP e-rats tell us how election held in Osun and Ekiti states without PVC ?

    • Leslie

      Please help me ask the rodents.

    • Otile

      The answer to APC e-rats is that citizens can easily, honestly, and peacefully vote their conscience anywhere in the South. In the North without PVC aliens, cows and goats will vote to inflate the number for Imam Buhari. You understand?

      • tundemash

        If that was the way they voted in 2011 when Dumbo won and was acceptable, what is wrong with that now ?
        On FeBuhari 14th we stand; Keep reading your book of LAMENTATIONS while CHANGE train moves on at full speed !

        • Otile

          Your assumption is based on false premise so your conclusion is null and void.

          • tundemash

            Otile Shekau, I only went with your warped reasoning to point out your f00lishness! Keep lamenting here daily till FeBuhari 14th; that is what we want!

          • True Nigerian

            Lol! Remember that they have a quota on comments. They need to meet the limit of the comments and appearances they need to make each day in order to justify their pay from Reno. So please tamper justice with mercy! Pardon the senseless comments. For them, comments don’t have to make sense, they just need to be made and posted; because, for them, comment is money! Hahahahahaha!

            For you, the idea of making comment is that you are trying to reason with somebody and to engage the conversation meaningfully. But for them, it is about the need to say something in order to meet their quota for the day’s payment. Lwkm here!

          • Otile

            You started with fooolish reasoning so any answer you get can’t help you.
            So fooolish reasoning doen’t pay. I am glad all these APC foolery will
            end on FailBuhari 14th. Once we survive your post election violence
            everybody will be home free.

          • Funso

            Ọmọ àlè ni Otile

          • Otile

            Naked aṣiwèrè.

          • Funso

            Ni Fẹmi Otile Fanikayọde

          • Otile

            aṣiwèrè the shameless

          • Funso

            ni Otile ati Femi Fanikayode FFK-Food for Kayode

      • Funso

        Otile ọmọ àlè.

        • Otile

          aṣiwèrè.

          • Funso

            ni FFK-Food For Kayọde Fanikayọde ọmọ lagere

          • Otile

            Farting asinwin

  • FortB

    There will be no postponement. A good percentage of voters will be disenfranchised however. Hope the loser of the election will not use that for a case later?

  • SAM .A

    We ,patriotic citizens of this country must do every thing possible to prevent the reoccurrence of June 12, 1993.
    We must constitutionally stand our ground. Election must hold on Schedule ,no puppeteer should be able to manipulate this election on February 14th, as they did on June 12.
    Nigeria is bigger than individual. No more 3rd time Agenda, we must at this stage tract the sources financing this unpatriotic , and destabilizing forces.
    We should make it known every where , whether is Buhari or Jonathan that causes post election mayhem will end up in ICJ Hague.
    The only people who have been talking of postponement is PDP , people deceiving party, like Lai Mohammed said , no amount of their pathological dishonesty, deliberate deception and their morbid fear will derail this wind of change.
    The Hurricane victory/ Tsunami in coming , no body stands on its way otherwise he will be swept away . The people’s will for a change is the force that is fueling this Magnanimous Wind of Change. FFK , Alkali, Okupe , Metu and Abati should all take note.

    • Kim Roland

      Wow, you clowns have become historians, soon you’ll find out that GMD’s great grandparents were from Saudi Arabia.

  • FortB

    Article by Femi Aribisala in Vanguard Newspaper. Very Enlightening. Comments peeps?

    Between 1983 and 1985, Peter Onu of Nigeria was Acting Secretary-General of the OAU. At the 1985 Summit in Addis Ababa, statesmen like Julius Nyerere, President of Tanzania, lobbied for his election as substantive Secretary-General. However, there was a major stumbling block to Peter Onu’s candidature: his Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, was campaigning against him.
    Jonathan-Buhari
    Jonathan-Buhari
    Buhari claimed: “This generation of Nigerians and indeed future generations have no other country than Nigeria.” But when the crunch came, his allegiance to Nigeria disappeared. In the election of the OAU Secretary-General in 1985, Buhari voted against Nigeria and for Niger instead. He secured the election of Ide Oumarou, a Fulani man from Niger; as opposed to an Igbo man from Nigeria. By so doing, Buhari became the first and only Head of State in the history of modern international relations to vote against his country in favour of his tribe.
    Years later, General Buhari marched all the way from Daura to Ibadan to demand of Oyo State Governor, Lam Adeshina: “Why are your people killing my people?” Again, he was not referring to Nigerians as his people. Instead, he was an advocate for the rights of murderous Fulani herdsmen who killed Yoruba farmers that objected to their cattle grazing on their land and damaging their crops. This same Buhari who voted against Nigeria in 1985, and said in 2003: “Muslims should only vote those who will promote Islam,” is now shopping for votes nationwide. He should be rejected outright.
    Ignorance running riot
    If APC had wanted to be taken seriously, it would have come up with a better presidential material than Buhari. There is something anomalous about a party whose mantra is change, recycling a 73 year old man as its candidate for the president of modern Nigeria. Buhari has little or no understanding of public policy. That is why APC will always come up with some excuse or the other not to have him participate in a debate with Jonathan. Buhari fought corruption by imposing ridiculous 300-year sentences on offenders. He fought exam malpractices by imposing 24-year prison sentences on school children.
    He dealt with indiscipline by flogging people to queue at bus-stops. He dealt with food shortages by sending soldiers to break into private warehouses and shops. He fought trade imbalances by taking Nigeria back to the stone age of trade by barter (counter-trade). He sought to extradite a Nigerian from Britain by drugging and crating him.
    There is so much about Buhari ending the Boko Haram insurgency as he did the Maitatsine insurgency in the 1980s. But the General needs to be advised that Boko Haram is not Maitatsine. Maitatsine was in two towns: Boko Haram is in three states with spillover effects into others. Maitatsine fought with bows and arrows: Boko Haram fights with sophisticated weapons. Maitatsine was a local insurgency, Boko Haram is an international phenomenon.
    Anti-corruption hypocrisy: Buhari does not know what corruption means and how to fight it. He became Nigeria’s Head of State through the corruption of a coup d’état and he then tried to fight corruption with corruption. Imposing retroactive decrees and killing Nigerians under them is corruption. Putting an Igbo vice-president in Kirikiri, while placing the Fulani president under palatial house arrest, is corruption.
    Detaining people like Michael Ajasin in jail, even after they were discharged and acquitted by kangaroo courts, is corruption. Jailing journalists for telling the truth is corruption. Putting pressure on a judge in order to jail Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is corruption. Shepherding 53 suitcases of contraband unchecked through Customs during a currency change exercise is corruption. Swearing an affidavit that your school-leaving certificate is with the military when it is not, is corruption.
    Transforming Nigeria: Buhari’s shameful past is dwarfed by the achievements of Goodluck Jonathan. Under Jonathan, Nigeria has emerged as by far the largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $503 billion; nearly double the previous estimates. South Africa now comes a distant second with $350 billion. With the unbundling of PHCN after 52 years of gridlock, and with now the realizable target of 20,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020, Nigeria’s GDP will soon double that of South Africa.
    CNN Money projects that the fastest growing economy in the world in 2015 will be China (7.3% growth rate); followed by Qatar (7.1%); and then followed by Nigeria (7%). This belies all the misinformation about the Nigerian economy dished out by the APC and attests to the astute management of the economy by the Jonathan administration. The seemingly ambitious Vision 20 2020, proclaimed under the Abacha regime to make Nigeria one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020 is now well in sight. Today, Nigeria is already the 23rd largest economy in the world. Kudos to Jonathan, we have overtaken such European countries as Austria and Belgium.
    Life expectancy
    In 2010, when Jonathan became acting president, life expectancy in Nigeria was 47 years. Today, it is 54 years; an improvement of seven years. Adroit application of SURE-P funds has reduced the maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria by 26%. Under Jonathan, Nigeria has become Guinea Worm-free; a disease previously affecting 800,000 Nigerians yearly. In the last six months, there has been no new case of polio in Nigeria. If this goes on for another two and a half years, Nigeria will be declared polio-free.
    Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, hailed Nigeria’s fight against polio as one of the great world achievements of 2014. He said: “The infrastructure Nigeria has built to fight polio actually made it easier for them to swiftly contain Ebola. The fact that Nigeria is now Ebola-free is a great example of how doing the work to fight things like fighting polio also leaves countries better prepared to deal with outbreaks of other diseases.”
    Investors’ haven: In the last three years, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has ranked Nigeria as the number one country for foreign investments in Africa. We also receive more home-remittances than any other African country; a vote of confidence in our economy by Nigerians living abroad. They remitted $23 billion in 2013, a figure far more than the $18 billion received by Egypt; the country with the second highest home remittance in Africa. It is a testament to Goodluck Jonathan’s adroit management of the Nigerian economy that the richest African is now a Nigerian.
    In 2010, when Jonathan came to power, Aliko Dangote was the 463rd richest man in the world, with a total fortune of $2.1 billion. Today, he is the 23rd richest man in the world, with a total fortune of $25 billion. Dangote’s billions are “made in Nigeria.” Indeed, under Jonathan, Nigeria now has the fourth highest rate of returns on investments in the world, according to UNCTAD.
    Crisis of unemployment
    The big challenge has to do with jobs. Every year, another 1.8 million people are offloaded into the job market. However, while the APC says Buhari will create 720,000 jobs a year if elected, Jonathan created 1.6 million jobs in 2013. He has established such innovative programmes as Nagropreneurs and YOUWIN that support young farmers and entrepreneurs with grants, training and mentorship. He has also instituted internship schemes to enhance the capacity of university graduates to secure gainful employment.
    The unemployment problem is compounded by the more than doubling of the education budget under Jonathan. Every Nigerian child now has the opportunity to go to school. Indeed, there has been a 10 million increase in school enrolment in Nigeria under this government. There has also been a 75% increase in O’ Level credit pass in Maths and English. Jonathan established 125 Almajiri schools in 13 northern states. He also established 14 new federal universities. There is now a federal university in every state. Indeed, the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls derives from the disenchantment of the Boko Haram that many Northern girls are now going to school.
    Dealing with corruption: According to Transparency International, Nigeria has not become more corrupt under Goodluck Jonathan. Out of 178 countries ranked in 2010, Nigeria was the 134th most corrupt country. In 2014, Nigeria was ranked 136th. Unlike Buhari, Jonathan understands that corruption has to be attacked institutionally, from the roots. Therefore, he proposed the abrogation of the petroleum subsidy; one of the biggest avenues for corruption in government. However, Nigerians refused. Jonathan has sanitized the corruption in fertilizer distribution. The Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina, lamented that between 1980 and 2010, Nigeria lost 776 billion naira to corrupt fertilizer racketeering.
    Fertiliser racketeering
    That effectively came to an end under Jonathan. Through the innovative e-wallet system, farmers are given cell-phones through which they now have direct and easy access to government-provided fertilizer, chemicals and seedlings. Jonathan has also sanitised the banking system by removing dinosaur managing directors, recovering indigent loans and using AMCON to mop up bad loans. By instituting e-payment systems, he sanitized the civil service by removing 50,000 ghost-workers in one fell swoop. He has equally got rid of ghost voters from the electoral register; over 1 million ghost voters were removed from the Zamfara INEC register alone. Under Jonathan, we have had free and fair elections one after the other; in Edo, Anambra, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun.
    Agriculture has been transformed under this administration. Thanks to Jonathan, agriculture now accounts for 22% of Nigeria’s GDP, more than oil and gas which only account for 15.9%. Under Jonathan, Nigeria has recorded a more than 50% reduction in food imports. Prior to his presidency, we had a food import bill of 1.4 trillion naira. But now, it is less than N700 billion. With the innovation of dry season rice-farming, Nigeria has reached 60% self-sufficiency in rice production. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Nigeria is now the largest producer of cassava in the world. The Jonathan government built six strategically-located perishable cargo airports in Ilorin, Jalingo, Jos, Lagos, Makurdi andYola; in close proximity to Nigeria’s food baskets.
    It is remarkable that Northern farmers were able to donate five million tubers of yam in order to raise 5 billion naira for Buhari’s presidential election campaign. If Jonathan’s transformation agenda in agriculture was not working as planned, they would not have been able to do this.

    • Leslie

      Keep trying.I wish you good luck.

  • Wähala

    How did Premium Times know there will be protests? Bcos they are protests by APC party. The PDP has said times without number that elections must hold and Dr Jonathan has campaigned even in the Bokostani Republic despite Duncee’s suicide bombing team. It showas that the PDP is ready. Those who are not are Duncee and his lieutenants who have no other manifesto except violence and/or threats of violence.

    • Leslie

      You are not Wahala.Goat

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    The elections will be postponed because INEC is obviously not ready. Nigeria can ill-afford another false start like Jega had in 2011. Only the Jonathan Administration can make that call. APC cannot be setting the rules while a legitimate government is in place. The fear of the Islamic Party is that senile, illiterate, dinosaur Buhari will completely unravel if the polls are postponed. Jonathan and PDP should let these APC anarchists, nihilists, certificate forgers and perjurers know that this Administration is not only in government but also in power. APC must not be allowed to stampede INEC into conducting elections when it is not ready.

    • Funso

      Fẹmi Fanikayọde ọmọ àlè.

  • 100 odd protesters for postponement of election versus 170+ million citizens for election on schedule. Tough luck.

  • chukwu smart

    I wonder why some of us behave dis way by criticizing everything dat transpired within d evirons of dis country and channel it to Mr GEJ or it political party [PDP] without been sure of wht they re reporting to d general public, some Nigerians has nt gotten thier pvc so if they protest they ve d right to protest, so for dat reason inec should look for a better option to address dis issue so dat every bonified citizen of dis country can cast it vote come Feb 14 and 28th respectively, long live nigeria, long live federal republic of nigeria, long live his Excellency Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, come Feb 14th 2015 victory is urs in Jesus name amen.

  • Thetwin

    After the protest, the youth returned to the Unity Fountain where they were sighted sharing money. That’s what it was all about! My dear youths collect the money, its yours, its your stolen funds being returned to you. However, on election day, you now know who not to vote for. Elections must go on as scheduled, we many well-meaning Nigerians are ready. And please INEC don’t be intimidated.

  • warry

    Let Jega give everybody there PVC’s and conduct the elections

    • tundemash

      Let Dumbo declare 3 days public holiday as requested by APC so that you e-rats can be given time off that PC to go collect your PVC.

  • Stomach Infrastructure

    Misguided and unpatriotic elements, protesting to postpone the presidential election on behalf of Dumbo/PDP. This election must go on, either they like or not. On Febuhari 14th, we stand! Change must come to Nigeria.

  • Cramjones

    Chimamanda Adichie’s NYTimes Article On Nigeria’s Epileptic Power Supply

    wwwdotnytimesdotcom/2015/02/01/opinion/sunday/lights-out-in-nigeria.html

    If you think the cluelessness of this man motivated Chimamanda to write this article click the up arrow!

  • Questioner

    TO MOVE AN ELECTION FORWARD A BIT WITHIN THE TIME
    ALLOWED BY THE CONSTITUTION IS PERFECTLY LAWFUL,
    AND, WILL FURTHERMORE ALLOW FOR AN ANSWER TO A
    QUESTION TO BE ANSWERED BEFORE THIS ELECTION:

    • Okey

      I suppose you mean sufficient time to produce certificate!

  • Wähala

    Duncee has sent his people to protest and divert attention from the certificate. We reject this move. Duncee must show his original of photocopy of certificate or if missing, ask Waec to send it. We must see it.

  • Ikechukwu

    Editor Premium Times,

    I CAN’T VOTE ON FEBRUARY 14TH; EVEN WITH MY PVC

    I want to say that i refuse to vote on February 14th. I can’t vote if election is null and void.
    Before anything, two things must happen. Professor Jega must tell us if Buhari is qualified.
    Number two, Buhari himself must do the following without long story, again, that is to say;

  • tyson

    A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed February 11 for the hearing of a fresh suit seeking an order barring President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting the February 14 poll.

    Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who also presides over two other suits challenging Jonathan’s eligibility to seek another term in office, fixed Tuesday for the hearing of the suit.

    ‎The plaintiffs in the fresh suit are Prof. Tunde Samuel, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, Mr. Rasak Adeogun and Yahaya Ezeemoo Ndu.

    In an originating summons filed through their counsel, Yusuf Ali (SAN), the plaintiffs contended that Jonathan was ineligible to re-constest the office of the President, as allowing him to do so could amount to him spending more than eight years allowed for anyone to serve in the office.

    They want the court to declare that by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution it was “unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal and not permissible for any person to occupy the office of the president of Nigeria for more that a cumulative and aggregate period of eight years when the country is not at war.‎”

    They contended that if Jonathan wins another term of your years in 2015, he would have been permitted to occupy the office of President for more than eight years.

    They asked the court to declare that in computing the period already spent in office as president by Jonathan, the period from May 6, 2010 to May 28, 2011 should be reckoned with.

    • Watch Man

      I think you are a paid commenter. You are on most posts here commenting 24/7. I can find u on everyday posts. Don’t you have other job?

  • Uzoma John

    Instead of Jona to use the National Orientation Agency, NTA, AIT, BON and these miscreants staging an arrangee demonstration to enlighten voters and ask them to go out enmass to collect their PVCs, he is using them to undermine GMB’s person and at the same time truncating his own government without knowing. At times smartness becomes self indictment and stupidity. For all you GEJ e-rats, this election must hold as planned on February 14 and February 28 respectively. They have also planned to keep schools open during these periods in order to disenfranchise the youths who are routing for GMB. Students will on their own boycott lectures to travel and exercise their franchise and continue with academics later. Non of your plans will come to fruition. On one hand they are demonstrating that people have not collected their PVCs and on the other, they also want to disenfranchise students who have collected their PVCs and ready to vote. Let me here any of these e-rats saying GEJ is a democrat. Evil people, working day and night to truncate democratic principles. Devil’s advocates.

    • Osebe

      so in your thoughts if the election holds come Feb 14th ,President Jonathan will lose. I smh cos u don’t want to wake up from your dream state. By the time Pa Buhari is defeated u will be crying rigging! That’s the excuse u will give at that time.Now that we’ll meaning Nigerians are even trying to help your party APC to gather more votes cos even the blind can see the election is going to be a landslide in favour of GEJ.you think it’s by coming to say trash all the time on net abi?I pity u.Wait and see the result.#GEJtill2019

      • Uzoma John

        Read your comment Osebe. You sound as incoherent and confused as those you are trying hard to launder their non-existing image.

        • Osebe

          What’s incoherent abt my post?is it that u don’t understand English or what? I said you shld have a rethink abt this election cos Pa Buhari will lose no matter the day slated for the election. It is going to be a landslide in favour of GEJ .postponing the election MIGHT just help reducing the margin.

  • Newsbreak

    ALL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATIONS ENDORSE JONATHAN

    • “Leaders of both the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
    and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria met at the Redemption
    Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) to pray
    for the nation and pray for the forthcoming election.

    But the meeting turned out to be for a secret endorsement of Jonathan’s
    candidacy. In attendance at the meeting, P.M.NEWS gathered, were Pastor
    Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, RCCG; Bishop David Oyedepo of the
    Winners Chapel; Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor – CAN President; Rev. Felix Omobude,
    the PFN President; Pastor Paul Adefarasin, PFN Vice President; Pastor Wale
    Adefarasin of the Guiding Light Assembly and other key Christian leaders in
    the nation.

    Pastor Yemi Osinbajo (Vice President of the rival APC party)
    was also at the meeting to seek their blessing to support him
    and the candidacy of General Muhammed Buhari”.

    ………P.M News

    (February 2nd, 2015)

    • Newsbreak

      ………(2) ALL CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATIONS ENDORSE JONATHAN

      • Pastor Paul Adefarasin was said to have broken the silence when he asked
      Pastor Adeboye who they should support since his ‘son’, Pastor Osinbajo is vying
      for the vice presidency with Buhari. They wanted Adeboye to say something and
      Osinbajo was watching as he believed that ‘Baba Adeboye’ will certainly ask other
      Pastors to endorse him, but he was disappointed.

      Pastor Adeboye was said to have told them that he is a man under authority and that
      since he is under the authority of CAN and PFN, whoever they endorsed, he would
      support and go with them. It was then that (Pastor) Oyedepo stood up and said he
      had prayed and that God was leading him to endorse and support Jonathan; and,
      that was the script the Christian leaders adopted at the expense of Yemi Osinbajo
      – a Christian on the APC rival ticket as Vice President.

      Instead of the meeting being for prayer for the nation, it was gathered that it turned
      out to be for secret endorsement of Jonathan as all the leaders present – except
      Pastor Yemi Osinbanjo – agreed that both CAN and PFN should go with Jonathan.

      ………P.M News

      (February 2nd, 2015)

  • Alaigbo

    IGBO LEADERS ENDORSE GOODLUCK JONATHAN

    “In choosing between the two foremost presidential candidates,
    the Igbos recognize that the choice is between the supremacy
    of Sharia Law and supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution; and,
    between constitution dictatorship and constitutional democracy;
    between rule of the oligarchy of retired Generals and constitutional
    government.

    Muhamadu Buhari had clearly and unequivocally stated in public that
    he was committed to implementing Sharia law all over the country (Nigeria)
    Buhari’s background as a former member of the military, reared in the
    regimented tradition of giving of orders and unquestioning obedience
    of such orders as well as his antecedent as former Head of the federal
    military government inclines and acclimatizes him to absolutism and
    autocracy with the danger it poses, to the emergence of a constitutional
    dictatorship if elected.

    We are fully aware that Jonathan’s Administration has not seriously addressed the
    core promises and commitments made to Ndigbo during the 2011 election campaign.
    Inspite of this, it is in the best interest of our people that he be re-elected.”

    …………Igbo Leaders of Thought

    [Statement issued by its Secretary, Prof. Elo Amucheazi]

    (30th January, 2015)

    • I go die O!

      ELIGIBILITY IS THE FIRST STEP TO ENDORSEMENT, AND,
      CERTIFICATE IS THE PATH TO ELIGIBILITY TO CONTEST.
      THEREFORE:

    • Alaigbo

      “We are fully aware that Jonathan’s Administration has not seriously addressed the
      core promises and commitments made to Ndigbo during the 2011 election campaign.
      Inspite of this, it is in the best interest of our people that he be re-elected.”

      …………Igbo Leaders of Thought

      [Statement issued by its Secretary,

      Prof. Elo Amucheazi]

      (30th January, 2015)

      • Godwin

        Alaigbo

        My God, that is 5 states gone! That means total defeat of Buhari in Lagos state too.
        The adult Igbo population in Lagos state number close to half a million without a doubt.
        From this thing i am seeing Buhari may not win any of the 17 states in southern Nigeria.

        Since all Christians have also endorsed Jonathan (below) the election looks won and lost.
        A High Court Judge has summoned Buhari to appear on 9th February, just 4 days to the election.
        Buhari will be telling the Judge why he can’t get a WASC certificate – as Jonathan noses ahead.

        • True Nigerian

          You write your premise and then you reply yourself with a conclusion! Hahahaha! It’s amusing!

          Let me tell you the sheer unthinkingness of your bias. I happen to know Professor Elochukwu Amucheazi and his entire family. In fact, we live in the same area, and we know each other. But guess what? I will vote for Buhari, despite this so-called endorsement. And guess what, nearly everyone in my family right now does not want to hear the name Jonathan. They know he is an unacceptable failure. So if an entire family that lives next to the man you have quoted do not even consider his endorsement as any meaningful factor, what do you make of that? Your conclusion is fundamentally flawed! Jonathan will be lucky if he gets more than 50 percent of the votes of Igbo people. Don’t forget, many of the votes he got in 2011 were also rigged in his favour by the governors of the south-east. Today, some of those governors that supported him in 2011 are among his most determined enemies. So you can be sure that unlike the 98% voter turn out he got from south-east in 2011, there is no chance he will get anything close to that on this occasion. Nobody is keen to rig for Jonathan. Even those he called friends are quietly and secretly waiting to kick his butt at the polls. Don’t worry, you will see what I am telling you. I know at least three PDP governors who are publicly saying that PDP will win at the presidential level. But secretly the three of them are getting read to sink Jonathan in order to teach him a lesson. They are very bitter and angry with the man, but they keep on saying publicly that Jonathan has their support. At the polls, they will destroy him. It will just hit him like the thunder when the results are announced.

          More than half of all the PDP governors today are not very keen to help Jonathan. Just wait till the results are announced! Just wait!

  • tyson

    Igbo Youth Congress, IYC, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State of foiling Igbo’s attempt to collect their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs because of their resolve to vote for all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the forthcoming February elections.
    At a press conference at the Trade Fair Complex, Lagos, yesterday, IYC National President, Comrade Jerry Onyemaechi Ugwu, said while the possession of the PVCs should be the right of every eligible voter, the APC, in collaboration with INEC had prevented Igbos from collecting their cards so as to disenfranchise them during the coming elections.
    Ugwu said the Igbos in Amuwo-Odofin and Ojo areas were more hit by the development as the APC connives with INEC personnel to issue the PVCs to only indigenes they trust and believe to be APC members while the non-indigenes, especially Igbos were denied the cards even though they had registered in the same centres.
    He said: “It is to my greatest surprise that my people could be denied of their rights in the country that belongs to all of us. I have done my findings before this conclusion. At least, when they reported to me I went to those collection centres to find out. I equally sent three different APC members who were Yoruba and they gave them PVCs while Igbo with Temporary Voter Cards, TVCs, who had the same centre code were denied.
    Ugwu charged INEC to check its partisan personnel who were conniving with the APC to disenfranchise Igbo voters, stressing that it should ensure that 99 percent of eligible voters get their PVCs before the election and if not postpone it till the electorates have the cards.
    He asserted that the Igbos make up 65 percent of the voters in Lagos and warned that his group would not allow its members to be disenfranchised.
    The group also condemned the attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy and rallies in Bauchi and Katsina states, describing them as attempts to ridicule the President and his office.

    Buhari’s zone has collected 12.3m PVCs – according to APC

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    The Director-General of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that unnamed leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) paid N6 billion to Christian clerics to campaign against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

    Amaechi, who is also the Governor of Rivers State, expressed surprise that the compromised pastors were circulating documents to Nigerians, where they alleged that the APC and its presidential candidate would Islamize the entire country, if Buhari is elected as President during the February 14 election.

    The chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum spoke on Tuesday at Emohua, the headquarters of Emohua local government area of Rivers State, during the campaign of the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside.

    Amaechi stressed that Nigerians were too enlightened for an individual or a political party to Islamise the whole country, asking the bribed clerics to return the money to the coffers of the Federal Government.

    He said: “Some pastors collected N6 billion and they are circulating documents and telling you not to vote for an Hausa man, not to vote for a Muslim because they want to Islamise Nigeria. Tell them to return our N6 billion.

    “They gave them N6 billion. They should return it to the Federal Government coffers. They will tell you that Buhari wants to Islamise Nigeria. Tell them we are too educated. I am a Catholic, but no Catholic priest has told me that story right now in the Catholic Church, because I will ask him how.

    “If any Pastor tells you that, tell him to return the money. Nobody can Islamise Nigeria. They have commercialized Jesus Christ. They should stop commercializing Jesus Christ. He is our Lord and Saviour.

    “You know what Jesus Christ did in the temple. He chased them away. We shall chase away those pastors who collected money from PDP leaders to tell us lies. We shall chase them away on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Amaechi also stated that the presidential election would be a referendum between him and President Goodluck Jonathan.

    “I told the President (Dr. Jonathan) that the presidential election in Rivers State is a referendum between him and me. I told him anywhere I go, I will show what I have done. Let him show what he has done.”

  • justice

    According to PT report ‘the protest confirmed PT exclusive story of last thursday revealing plot by PDP to organise nationwide protest against the electoral body to force it to shift the polls… but in the same breath wrote…’after the protest, the youths returned to the Unity Fountain where they were “sighthed”sharing money…..it was unclear if they were sponsored by the presidency or the pdp, but sources indicated that they were hired by some unnamed individuals who “promised” them money’.
    Something is quite wrong with this “exclusive” report from “source”. Can PT please ensure that it reporters verify these exclusive reports from source to establish its authenticity and with credible facts and not this hatchet journalism. Anyway its silly season.

  • Concerned

    For once both camps seem to be largely in agreement that the elections should take place.
    Postponement advocates please take note!

  • Echendu

    Look, look, you can’t stop me, you hear? I sent four messages now to abuse Buhari.
    You refuse to publish it. I will continue to abuse him, if you like, be supporting him.
    This is first time in history head of state is going to court for perjury on school cert.
    We who want to abuse him for disgracing Nigeria in world history, you gag us, why?

    • Otile

      Don’t mind them. They hope that Imam will win and die so that their Yoruba man will take over. Little do they know that the Fulanis will not handover to anybody again following the death of their tribesman. They cannot afford to struggle for others to take the windfall. They have not been fighting Jonathan from day one for nothing. The ruler-ship of Nigeria and oil is all they want or else… Do you think Turai and her cabal are happy with Jonathan?

      • Funso

        Ọmọ àlè.

        • Otile

          Naked aṣiwèrè

          • Funso

            ni Fẹmi Fanikayọde-Food For Kayode-FFK

          • Otile

            Shameless aṣiwèrè

          • Funso

            Ni Fanikayode Femi Otile

          • Otile

            Asinwin

          • Funso

            ni Otile ati Femi Fanikayode -FFK Food For kayode

          • Otile

            Asinwin.

          • Funso

            ni Otile Femi Fanikayode Akrabata.

          • Otile

            Eran

          • Funso

            ni Femi Fanikayode Otile omo ale Lagere

          • Otile

            Gbogbo ile yin ẹranko

  • sammyctu ode

    jonathan and pdp, please, this great country called Nigeria belongs to all of us, you cannot be using your evil power to cause confusion, distributing our tax payers money which you should have channeled to developmental projects to destabilize Nigeria. jonathan, GOD ALMIGHTY GAVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY OUT OF ALMOST 200 MILLION PEOPLE TO BECOME PRESIDENT FOR SIX YEARS, SO BE STATEMAN ENOUGH TO LET THINGS BE. I am personally disappointed at your evil behavior. In Ghana, the opposition defeated an incumbent president and party and it resulted into a peaceful change, why can’t we be more matured and do the same thing in Nigeria? When you were behaving as if you- jonathan has all the instrument of power for six years, you forgot there is God, a lot of people warned you but you ignored us. God is punishing you and pdp for all your sins especially when you came back from Jerusalem to atone your sins for 7 Days and instead of supporting Gov. Amechi who won the Nigerian Governors Forum Election you supported the loser and told us that 16 IS GREATER THAN 19. GOD NEVER SLEEPS MR. JONATHAN SO, DO NOT CAUSE WAR FOR NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS.

  • Festuso

    In a country where there are several millions unemployed, it is quite easy to get them to carry placards to protest against anything for a token N500 or N1000. Considering that the minimum wage is less than N25000 per MONTH, what the placard-carrying mercenaries would get paid turns out to be even higher than a day’s wage if they were employed. So, most of them probably see this as casual employment to earn a day’s wage. That shows how bastardised the country has gotten. You can get anybody to do anything for peanuts. The government can also get them to assemble in a stadium with the promise of a job and even ask them to pay N2000 per head with the sad eventuality of no job – no money – no life! Yet millions of ‘muguns’ are willing to pay with their ‘life’ by going on a pointless demonstrations just so as to keep their sponsors in power. What do the placard-carrying mob know about INEC’s preparedness for the elections to justify the demand for cancellation? This is clearly not a spontaneous reaction but one that is teleguided to achieve a purpose. It is unfortunate that many of the youth allow themselves to be so manipulated. It is said that half education is a disease but STUPIDITY will land you in a body bag faster than any disease!

  • True Nigerian

    There was a two-million-man march for Abacha. Where is he today? Did he live to take advantage of the march?
    IBB cancelled June 12 to remain in office. But where is he today? Did he manage to remain?
    Obasanjo’s 3rd term plot collapsed like a pack of cards, despite his expense of billions of Naira on it.

    Just like those other failed ideas of desperate despicable leaders in this country, this idea by Jonathan and his goons will also fail. The complexity of this country is something that most leaders of this country often fail to see when they become desperate. But complexity has given this country a strong elastic limit. Nigeria has an elastic limit at which point the ploys and tricks of leaders like Jonathan always fail.

    We will have election in less than a fortnight, and Jonathan and his PDP will be fired from the centre. And Nigerians will not forget this charade. Jonathan’s legacies will be forgotten. People will not discuss the good things he did for this country. People will remember him as the man who tried his best to plunge Nigeria into violent crisis in order to remain in power!

  • In reality, jega should be replaced by a neutral umpire. He is Fulani and do is Buhari. If Ghana plays Nigeria in nations cup or world cup would either a Ghanaian or nigerian be referee? NO! Jega has been partial first in attempting to create 22000 new polling booths in the north against only 8000 in the south. Now with Pvcs lopsidedly availed to far north states still to favour Buhari, jega must go.

    • Ha

      Naija_Conscience you are very unconscious like Jona. In 2011 Jega was an Ijaw but now suddenly turned into a fulani. This Jega is really a camelion. We need change, and the change is Buhari.

    • larry_boy

      and going by the same logic you painted here, an Igbo man should be appointed like Maurice Iwu who organised the worst election in the history of the nation. but he same Fulani man organised the election in 2011 for Ijaw man to win over a fellow Fulani man abi. you know what, you can make a sentence out of the following sir: LOSERS YOU ARE JUST A BAD. Nonsence

      • There was no contest in 2011 since opposition was splintered. Now is the time for an impartial umpire. Why not appoint an Ijaw man the umpire instead?

    • Evidence

      You are not making any sense. Jega was there in 2011 and now is a fulani man? wake up.

      • he should have been replaced then but there was really no contest since ACN and CPC were separate. This is when impartiality is of utmost importance since there is now a contest.

  • Cramjones

    “DO NOT BE LEFT BEHIND, THE WIND OF CHANGE IS HERE. GENERAL SIR, ASO ROCK AWAITS YOU. CONGRATS TO APC IN ADVANCE! GENERAL SIR, WE ARE SOLIDLY BEHIND YOU!!! CLICK LIKE IF YOU ARE ROUTING FOR OUR PRESIDENT IN WAITING!”

    Sorry for Shoutin

  • Titi

    PDP is very wicked, they can not pay 1m people for a protest after stealing trillions. This is not the first time we are holding an election, it is just the first time an incumbent is clearly loosing an election. Its just that our democracy don reach puberty

  • Duncee, Come for a Debate

    Stop the distractions and just tell Duncee to produce his certificate and then come for a debate. ….

    Maybe his old age will show because we hear he cannot stand for a long time answering questions. But that is not a problem. Nigeria has always bent the rules for the North by lowering ‘National’ standards, therefore, he will be allowed to sit or even lie down to take questions. Nigerians are waiting.

  • Wähala

    .Stop the distractions and just tell Duncee to produce his certificate and then come for a debate. ….

    Maybe his old age will show because we hear he cannot stand for a long time answering questions. But that is not a problem. Nigeria has always bent the rules for the North by lowering ‘National’ standards, therefore, he will be allowed to sit or even lie down to take questions. Nigerians are waiting.

    • True Nigerian

      Of all the names in the world, you chose Wahala’s nom de guerre? Your name is Wahala; sadly you can’t write as well as Holy Wahala! Poor you!

      Just like their boss, Jonathan’s supporters are also poor at thinking. Premium Times reported that he and his goons were making this plan of paid protests. Yet, they still went ahead to play the script of Premium Times’ predictions, thereby making it absolutely true that this was a Jonathanian desperation.

      If Jonathan is so thoughtless on such a simple plan, how much more thoughtless would be on the more complex task of making sensitive choices and decisions on governance. Jonathan has to go!

      • Wähala

        It is like some Governors and other political office holders who declare personal assets that are ‘non-existent’ before they come to power…and then begin to steal towards the figure/value of the assets declared so that nobody accuses them of amassing wealth when they leave.

        Could Premium Times be speaking through the APC? …So that the APC can create the elusive opinion in the consciousness of Nigerians that they are sufficiently popular to become the winner? Could PT be acting that voodoo script as explained above? YES!

        Yes bcos, why should the same APC to which a forged result was first sent rather than INEC, be the same news medium that heard the protest or interim govt story? Why a so transparently partisan and jaundiced medium? Bros, you can see that it is you who is reasoning like the Duncee who scored 5/100 in simple Arithmetic somewhere in old Kaduna state. If he is truly your boss, then I sympathize with you bcos I understand how sporadically infectious illiteracy can be. Nonsense!

  • True son of the soil

    The truth of the matter is that the demonstrators are hired by the government, if not who born you to demonstrate in abuja without the SSS and the police arresting you.

  • Dan Arewa

    I salute you PM. You already told us that this was going to happen and it did. Your source is always correct. I commended you for the good job. WELL DONE.

  • dd

    Why would the election continue when only 40% PVC is distributed in south and north already have theirs 99%

    • Olu from South Africa

      If what you are insinuating here is true. Why are you afraid. GEJ is the “man of the people” and he has done “well” in every nook and crannies of Nigeria. Over 90% PVC holder you claimed have been giving their PVC will vote for him. No cause for alarm. Creek monkey!

      • dd

        Yariba have really find a new way of entering power via dieing Buhari. They want to be president by force. No wonder your father Tinubu was fighting for VP slot so if Buhari dies he can become the president. Unfortunately you are done. Keep doing 419 in South Africa, it won’t help you as EFCC is waiting for you. Your IP is tracked.

        • Vote Mr Integrity M Buhari

          Mumu

        • Olu from South Africa

          Lol!. Half – witted creek monkey! Eish! You better pray to God to give you a good job you will be proud of after election.

  • blueeyedkitten

    they are all from the ado/masaka axis of, is it abuja/nasarawa ends?
    some of them didnt even get the N2000 that was promised to them. this election has turned some people into desperados.

  • excel

    The satanic act of gej/pdp is on play now. APC have said it. it can’t be a shock neither this will change anything or leads to postponement of the election. All pdp evil plan to postpone the election will fail. CHANGE is POSSIBLE

  • emmanuel anizoba

    The rascally goat starts discerning in the soup-pot, says an Awka adage! This is what we get when we cherish miracle and super-naturalism. Let’s learn the hard way and nobody should whine, since most of us are DUNCES – unable to learn!

    • Kunle Ajayi

      Correct

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    Thank you for sticking to your gun even as I feel that the CBN and the law enforcement agencies should have gone beyond expression of opinion and advise.

  • idak

    Their scheme was devilishly simple; go for the poor, greedy and gullible Nigerians not aware that their company – Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox – MMM has been swindling millions all-over the world for three decades.

    The above is not very correct. A lot of very educated persons were involved in this. I know an open plan office in a multinational in Lagos where roughly 23 of the 27 occupants were major MMM players. This included team leads, managers, senior managers and consultants. Greed permeates class.

  • tunde008

    The amount of abuse I received for daring to lecture these gullible fools about the danger of this fake scheme would not let me have any iota of sympathy for them.I will only wish them merry Xmas till we meet again in January 2017.Let them wallow in their stupidity.

    • jack

      pls shut up who asked u for sympathy