17 parties demand poll shift at meeting with INEC

Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

Seventeen out of the 28 registered political parties have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to shift the conduct of the general elections scheduled for February 14 and 28.

The parties canvassed the position at a consultative meeting with INEC, which ended a few hours ago at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

INEC had on Friday announced that it would hold consultative meetings with all relevant bodies, including the political parties, civil society organisations and the resident electoral commissioners.

A source at the meeting told PREMIUM TIMES that leaders of 12 others, including the leading opposition party, All Progressives Congress, stoutly opposed their colleagues who were demanding the shift of the election.

This newspaper gathered that the 17 parties cited the shoddy manner the commission handled the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card, PVCs, and the security challenges in some parts of the country, notably the north east, as its major reasons for calling for the postponement of the polls.

Our source said the manner the parties argued their position clearly indicated that certain elements have reached out to them asking them to support that line of argument.

It could not however be established if they were offered money to do so.

Asked the thinking and body language of INEC officials during the discussion, the source, who is a leader of one of the opposition parties, said “their (INEC officials) body language suggest they want the postponement but are looking for something to hold on to”‎.

He added, “I think they have been told by the security agencies that they will not provide security and so these consultations are merely being held to justify what they plan to do.”

Efforts to reach Yunusa Tanko, who is the Chairman of Interparty Advisory Council, IPAC, the umbrella body of all political parties which serves as advisory body to INEC, were not successful.

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, had on Thursday briefed the Council of States chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan, on the commission’s preparation for the polls.

The council asked the commission to proceed with the polls, but should seek further consultations with other relevant bodies before taking a final decision on the matter.

Mr. Jonathan is the candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, one of the parties in favour of poll shift.
The Presidency, through the special assistant to the president on public affairs, Doyin Okupe, had also on Friday canvassed the postponement of the elections.

Last Wednesday, 16 parties addressed a press conference during which they called for postponement.

The parties are The parties are United Democratic Party, UDP; the Citizen Peoples Party, CPP; the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN; the Action Alliance, AA; the Peoples Democratic Congress, PDC; the Labour Party, LP; Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN; Alliance for Democracy, AD; New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP; and the Independent Democrat, ID.

Others are Advanced Congress of Democrats, ACD; Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN; Fresh Democratic Party, FDP; National Conscience Party, NCP; All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA; and Progressives Peoples Alliance, PPA.

The following day, 10 others rejected the calling, expressing shock at the demand of their colleagues.

The parties are the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM; African Peoples Alliance, APA; Kowa Party; Mega Progressives Peoples Party, MPPP; Social Democratic Party, SDP; African Democratic Congress, ADC; Hope Democratic Party, HDP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP; United Progressives Party, UPP; Accord Party, AP.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun, also addressed a press conference rejecting calls for the postponement.

The spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Femi Fani-Kayode, also briefed the media during which he said the party was not pushing for poll shift as being alleged in some quarters.


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  • Hassan Lawal

    What a country! obviously lots of monies should be involved,God dey o.

    • wode

      You can imagine how much, extra, that would go into it within the next few weeks should the election dates be shifted. Massive bribing is expected.

  • Forward_Nigeria

    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

    • Ukpaka

      Your comment is utter nonsense. In the said Anambra election, one INEC staff intentionally sent election materials belonging to Idemili South to another location to ensure Ngige’s supporters were not allowed to vote. Out of possible 1.7million voters, the election was supposedly decided by only 420,000 people. What happened to the over 1 million voters that were disenfranchised?. We still accepted the outcome of the election.
      So, what has that got to do with the topic of discussion with you talking about APC plan to discredit the election?.

      • Forward_Nigeria

        Have you forgotten the All Propaganda Congress (APC) sponsored demonstrations to INEC Offices …… have you forgotten the All Propaganda Congress (APC) use of local and foreign media to harass INEC.

        Have you forgotten the APC march on the Abuja Office of INEC and that the APC marching crowd included Buhari, Tinubu and all who matter in APC ?

        Please use your brain.

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      And with all the lapses, who the lapses favour if not APGA and PDP. In a saner society the people involve should have been inside the prison’s cell by now but in a banana republic everything goes.

  • endingNaija

    The Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Team has a record 20 Billion Naira Campaign Money. Is bribing parties what Mr. Jonathan is using this huge war chest for? Too bad for Nigerian democracy. Just too bad.

  • Concerned

    When you fight corruption – corruption fights back with full force .

    Are we as citizens going to be continually beaten back thes forces of corruption?

    Let’s be resolute, let’s engage in peaceful resistance. Let that be our Nigerian Spring,

  • Nkebueziokwu

    So does the PDPig believe that postponing an election it has lost will save it? I believe the determination of Nigerians to see the end of this thieving cult will get more resolute with this attack on democracy. Nothing will save PDP from extinction and if they like, let them shift the election twenty times, it will amount to merely postponing the evil day for pdpig is already history.

    • Yusuf

      we do not know there agenda after the election postponement, that is my major worry..this people seems determined to get what they want at all cost

    • Wähala

      Their next move is to allow their Boko Haram capture more Nigerian territories thus, declare State of War and postpone the elections indefinitely… read the writing on the wall or get someone to interpret it for you.

  • Wazobia

    I expected a tough battle, so am not surprised.

    If in the end INEC shifts the polls…GEJ is right. He will be remembered by Nigerians. But he would have done Sanni Abacha a big favour. The names Goodluck, Jonathan and Ijaw people will be remembered. As evil is NEVER forgotten.

    • eBusinesz

      #GEJ4NAIJA or Implementation of the 630 recommendation of the National conference. GEJj2015

  • Jika

    They plan,God plans and,God is the best planner of all.

  • Maria

    The criminals will sure give a fight… before they are finally kicked into oblivion. They are like a snake whose head has been chopped off… Jonathan’s career as president is dead. I cant wait to see that born criminal in jail.

  • tyson

    JEGA & PVC Abrakadabra,

    If it took Jega 2 years to distribute 30 million PVCs. So how many PVCs out of the remaining (34 millions) are we expecting to be distributed in 6 weeks?

    • harry

      if the military can not tackle boko haram in 6years,is it six week that they can tackle boko haram? the total numbers of pvc distributed so far is 70% higher than total numbers of voters in the previous election,so what are we talking about?

  • wode

    It seems GEJ and PDP don’t realize that Nigerians are watching all these developments with kin interest. All these are causing more damage than good to them. If it’s in deed Nigerians votes that they are expecting with all these developments, they should be rest assured that no amount of postponement would save them. Is it because of this anticipated shift in the dates that Soldiers and police are now littering streets of major cities in case of possible protest? Let them use their power, we would use our own power on the election day. The memory of #OccupyNigeria is still fresh.

    • eBusinesz

      #GEJ4NAIJA or Implementation of the 630 recommendation of the National conference.

  • Yusuf

    `I am afraid, and when a General said he is afraid he is really afraid´-OBJ in 2013, I am really afraid for my nation too

    • tyson

      MALAM—-KURA IF ITS WAR U WANT BRING IT ON—————WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF YOUR THREATS

  • tyson

    INEC Manipulating PVCs to Favour Buhari, – Balarabe Musa.

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

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

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

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

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

    “Let us call a spade, a spade. There are two main contenders for the Presidency in this election. The analyzed data above depicts a worrying trend. Voters in the zones that tend to support President Goodluck Jonathan are massively disenfranchised by the application of the so-called PVCs debacle, 40% to 50% of voters in the these regions who are lawfully and duly registered to vote will be denied their right to vote by INEC.
    “That is nearly half of the support base of the President, simply nullified by administrative (failure) prior to the election. By comparison, the zones that tend to support Buhari are handed a massive voter advantage, nearly 80% of his support base will be allowed to cast their votes by INEC.

    In an election, which many say will be won or lost by a slim margin, to now disenfranchise 26million voters through a questionable and unlawful rule by INEC is not acceptable by any measure.

    ” CAA condemns in its entirety. This attempt by INEC to undermine our nescient democracy through this criminal enterprise to determine the outcome of this electioneer before the ballot is cast.

    While speaking on the controversy raging over the coming election, Balarabe Musa said there is no way INEC can be able to distribute the outstanding PVCs within the remaining two weeks.

    “INEC cannot meet up with the issuance voters card to all registered voters, even the PVCs is not being realistic because of the past failures in the past. For example, INEC is talking about distributing permanent voters cards. Let us assume that sufficient PVCs have been produced the commission, how is the PVC is still being distributed.

    ” We have credible information that in some places in the rural areas, INEC staff take the PVCs for distribution and because of the disappointments of the past refuse to come out for collection of PVC. The commission staff then leave the PVCs to community leaders to distribute. I believe that should not be the responsibility of the village heads to do that but INEC.

    “Again, how can we realistically expect INEC to make PVCs available to every registered voter within two weeks, something they failed to do in many years.

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      Since 19 century you’ve been known to propagate falsehood. Repent and be converted, the Bible said so.

  • MathewBabs

    PDP want to kill Nigeria

    • Rich

      How? You must elaborate if you want to be taken seriously. Do you know the magnitude of what you’re saying?

  • man

    May God chooses d best for Nigeria

  • Okey

    For me, I demand that politicians insisting on February 14 MUST recall ALL their children abroad back to Nigeria before February 14 and show them on national television for Nigerians to see, if they are to be taken seriously.

    And let me warn my generation again: A generation caused crisis and civil war when they were young and that their thoughtless act cost this nation over three (3) million lives lost to the civil war that that generation caused. Members of that generation are now very old; some of them still do not realize the need to leave our generation alone run our own affairs; they and their civilian allies still want to drag us along to their graves. It is our patriotic duty to resist them from throwing our dear country into another chaos and civil war. They have spent their time. They should allow us enjoy and spend our own in peace.

  • Giganto

    Gentlemen, no shaking! We’ll continue to #March Febuhari. #GMB all the way!!!!

  • Awarawa

    I weep for my country with her youth so bereft of idea. Is 14th February in the constitution as Election Day?! Most Nigerians would rather follow propaganda than to seek knowledge. What does the Electoral Acts say? Is it not that elections be held between 90 and 30days before the expiration of the political office? The evil sacrifice of the janjaweeds for 14th February don spoil…

    • blackdove

      You should weep for yourself since you lack the ability to lead a purposeful and progressive life and leave Nigeria to be the promising nation that it once was.

    • Omo Akin

      You are actually the one to weep for. When did INEC fix the dates? If the PDP Government is in any way committed to democracy, why should there be a problem in conducting an election which date was fixed over 8 months ago? With the Security agencies threatening not to provide security shows you how devilish and desperate Jonathan is. Why is Jonathan afraid to face the electorate that voted him into power in 2011? Jonathan can no longer hide under any guise that he knows nothing about the postponement. Both at home and abroad he has lost credibility and it will only get worse. When you as President promised the whole world that you will ensure the election holds as scheduled and you scuttle the election, people like you, for peanut, can exhibit your ignorance on this forum, but it spells problem for Jonathan in the international community. Don’t forget how the international community dealt with Jonathan over the Chibok girls; he will receive worse bashing if he postpones the election.

      • ModyHH

        The actual problem is that they fixed the election several months before, when they could not actually figure out the development presently at hand. Got it?

        • Abdul

          which development are you talking about? they have based their argument on security challenge in the north east, we have been grappling with security challenge since the past 6years so what the hell are you talking about?

  • ABUBAKAR A.

    THEY SHOULD TELL NIGERIANS HOW MUCH EACH ONE OF THE 17 SMALL PARTIES WERE GIVEN TO COMPROMISE THEIR INTEGRITY AND MOVE AWAY FROM THE WISH OF MAJORITY OF NIGERIANS. A CASE OF PERSONAL INTEREST SUPERCEDING NATIONAL INTEREST.

    • eBusinesz

      #GEJ4NAIJA or Implementation of the 630 recommendation of the National conference. this is solution for Nigeria

  • Wähala

    “I think they have been told by the security agencies that they will not provide security and so these consultations are merely being held to justify what they plan to do.” – PT (source)
    Clearly, INEC is being blackmailed by security agencies under the control of this evil Govt. Question is, if elections are postponed, can the security services guarantee peace in the restive North East, something they could not do in the past 6years? If this charade is allowed to stick, Nigerians can kiss elections goodbye forever because “Security Report” will constantly be against holding elections in some parts of the country. If Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and so on, could conduct elections under full-blown wars with Islamic fundamentalists, Nigeria must be able to conduct elections without pandering to PDP’s gimmicks. Prof. Jega would immortalize his name in infamy for cowardly bowing to partisan pressure, while Prof. Humphrey Nwosu will forever be remembered for standing up to Babangida (with guns & bombs) to condct the fairest elections known to Nigerians. Big Difference!

    • DecodeDaRiddle

      The strategy of the FG is CLEAR. Allow JEGA tell us what he has done. He told the world that ballot papers are in, readers in place, cards generated and he was clapped for.
      Unfortunately, the game plan is to take inventory then ease him out so they can take custody of all he has in place.
      The elections is now hinged on insecurity but that actually has no end in sight….interpretation is that the elections also are not in sight.
      If i were Jega, i would boldly ask for the help of Nigerians. Ask them to show resolve by providing cover for INEC AD-HOC staff, stay back at the polls to count the votes in the open, ensure the mobilization of the rest to get their PVC and tell them to protect democracy by ensuring their rights are upheld. History will remember him for being upright, forthright and a hero of democracy.
      If he fails to side with the people of this great country now, he will be confined to the history of trash where the likes of Iwu and his predecessor did while the likes of Humprey Nwosu stood against dictators. Jega as a former activist should not bow to evil, Nigerians are with him.

      • Wähala

        The problem with Jega is he’s as corrupt as sin. They’re blackmailing him and even threatening arrest and jail. Never underestimate a desperado. Remember, security agencies themselves were recently indicted in the released recordings of Ekiti rigging, they may even be threatening to eliminate Jega outright. That’s the railroad in all this, pal.

        • eBusinesz

          Lies here again and wicked imagination of the evil APC. #GEJ4NAIJA or Implementation of the 630 recommendation of the National conference.

      • eBusinesz

        Imagination of the mind with no place in the current democracy. #GEJ4NAIJA or Implementation of the 630 recommendation of the National conference.

    • eBusinesz

      You just Simply admitted that Terrorism is not only faced by Nija. What risk were there before now if the elections where shifted? = None. see is #GEJ4NAIJA or Implementation of the 630 recommendation of the National conference.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    The info in this news is still sketchy to me; maybe more info will be forthcoming. But as of now, the postponement is still open-ended. When will the postponement end? Will the postponement be for 6 weeks as is being floated? A definitive statement on that must be made. Meanwhile I can understand the anxiety and fear of those against any postponement; and the fear is hinged on a possibility of no-election at all or an enthronement of another form of government. With this open-ended nature of the postponement such fears could be legit.

    • FortB

      Because you rely on PT for your info, you did not know that INEC announced a six weeks postponement. The election is shifted to March 28 and April 11 for presidential and governorship/legislature respectively

  • Tokunbo Pole

    This is an invitation to CHAOS.Nigerians should start praying so that we will not go back to our old history.

    • Ayelala

      Old history or everybody back to his fatherland

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  • ucheJ

    I know it will eventually come to this with the conacative nature Jega was handling the election preparation and his biased preference for GMB and to return all the candidates of APC that won’t take time for other political parties to find out what was going on and then take a stand no matter how you look at it they took a good sand.

  • mart tins

    its so clearrrrrrr….17 political parties wanted a shift in the date of election….and every1 keeps putting the blame on PDP isn’t that so pathetic…after due consultation with stakeholders,and a suitable date was choosen yet APC particular keeps on complaining…we want FACT not rumours,complaining,bickering etc #GEJ4Naija

  • Tanko Awul

    INEC decision and postponement of the election is for the best. I hail all political parties that are in support of it especially the People Democratic Party PDP. this shows that they are not desperate to win at the expenses of people’s lives. #GEJ4NAIJA

  • Tanko Awul

    The postponement of the election is in order, INEC has not bridged the constitution. Any party pointing accusing finger on PDP is doing so to steer up riot in the nation, hence instigating the people to take to the street. Let me advise “Nigerians please don’t allow any party or individual to push you to the street on protest, you will be endangering your life”
    #GEJ4NAIJA