4 political parties want Jega fired; threaten to boycott elections over card readers

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega

Four Nigerian political parties have threatened to pull out of the March 28 and April 11 elections if the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, refuses to suspend the use of card readers.

The parties also called on the chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, to proceed on terminal leave, accusing him of exhibiting unprofessionalism and poor judgement.

“Since Prof Attahiru Jega has shown lack of professionalism and good judgment in his actions so far in the conduct of the 2015 elections and since he has about three months to the end of his tenure as INEC Chairman, we the stakeholders urge him to quietly consider proceeding on terminal leave so that a more competent person can handle the current election process,” the parties said at a press conference Wednesday.

The parties warned that the use of card readers, which INEC says will help check voting fraud, will negatively affect the credibility of the elections.

A statement containing the demands was signed by the national chairman of MEGA Progressive Peoples Party, Dare Falade; the presidential candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria, Kelvin Alagoa; and the presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Rafiu Salau.

But the national chairman of Advanced Congress of Democrats, ACD, Onwubuya Breakforth, who spoke on behalf of the group, claimed that the three parties, alongside his ACD, acted as representatives of 15 political parties.

He later told PREMIUM TIMES the remaining 11 parties had declined to immediately disclose their identities for political reasons, but assured that the parties will soon identify themselves.

The chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Yunusa Tanko, said the parties did not represent IPAC, the umbrella body of political parties.

Mr. Tanko, who is also the national chairman of National Conscience Party, said his party was not opposed to the use of card readers during the elections.

But Mr. Breakforth of the ACD said they consider the card reader a relatively new technology that should be sufficiently tested before use.

“… if the card reader should develop some technical problems, there is a possibility that the consequences of such development would affect about 40 (forty) or 50 (fifty) percent of the polling booths nationwide,” the group said.

“Because of the tendency of the card reader device to develop some technical fault any time during the voters accreditation process, that was the reason why all the Political Parties agreed with INEC recently, that the election should be postponed in polling booths where a substantial number of card reader defaults were recorded because it would disrupt the entire election process,” they said.

The parties advised INEC to manually confirm every voter during accreditation process.

The parties said while they are not against a faster and improved way of conducting the elections, but that it should not be used in the general elections.

The call by the four parties, some of the same organizations that demanded the postponement of the elections from the initial February dates, came a day after a Federal High Court in Abuja refused an application filed by four political parties to stop INEC from using the card readers during elections.

The parties that filed the suit were Alliance for Democracy, United Democratic Party, Allied Congress Party of Nigeria and Action Alliance.

The new demands — for the removal of Mr. Jega and the suspension of use of card readers — also came hours after the All Progressives Congress, APC, accused the Nigerian government of plotting to use some political parties which the APC branded as “satellite” organs of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to seek a fresh shift of elections.

The four parties did not however demand a reschedule of the polls.

But speaking separately Wednesday, the spokesperson for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode, said the PDP’s position on card readers remained that “the machine has not been tested in any election and there are bases for genuine concern over the use of the machine, for the first time, in a crucial election of this magnitude”.

In their statement, the four parties agreed with that argument, and urged INEC to suspend the proposed use of “the card reader for the March 28 and April 11 general elections or we may consider boycotting the election”.

Mr. Breakforth argued that delaying the introduction of the card reader device would enable the nation and INEC itself to properly ascertain its workability and efficiency.

He said the use of card readers now may lead to manipulation and massive rigging of the election while Nigerians may be disenfranchised.

“We also want INEC to respond to this emergency and also within 24 hours, approve our request because time is of the essence,” he said.

“This positive response is necessary so that we would be able to meet the demands of our party members and majority of the Nigerian voters who have expressed great anxiety and concern over this matter.”


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  • amazing2012

    Court has ruled on the issue, the parties should be sanction for contempt of court ruling. While this remained another failed attempt by PDP. Please boycott so to have minimum trouble in pushing out PDP !

  • yuven

    These 419 political parties what do they want again? PDP agents

  • Akanji92

    Four leprosy fingers of the PDP. Clowns all the way.

    • Man_Enough

      they will certainly sabotage the card readers to prove their point. nigerians, beware!

  • eddy

    Firstly, who r these unknown crooks trying to make themselves relevant? And they are supposed to be contesting to the president of Nigeria? Imagine such mind set.

    Secondly, This goes to show that they have nothing to offer and would only end up being worse off than all other past presidents put together.

    Jega, pls keep up the good work… God is with u, and the good people of Nigeria r solidly with u.

    • SANK

      Jega is rather a bunch of disappointment to Nigerians for planning to install a man who is as old as Peugeot 404 as President

      • Many Peugeot 404 are stronger than most paper-body-flashy cars around today. None of these cars can be as old as Peugeot 404 and still remain on the road, worse still when they are driven by young people who cannot associate stealing with corruption. No single car has served Nigerians better and longer than Peugeot 404!

      • eddy

        May u never grow old in ur life since old age is very repulsive to u!

      • Ha

        Peugeot has been the official vehicle in Nigeria since independence and it is still very relevant. The brand name Peugeot is a symbol of quality, endurance, precision, modesty. Peugeot’s slogan is “Motion and Emotion”. Check the Wikipedia. The slogan is a direct opposite of “stagnancy, unresponsiveness, and indifference” . General Buhari is a real Peugeot – despite age he is always in motion, active and effective. Despite age he was accused of the young, lively, vibrant and energetic (as the thought) corrupt and official armed robbers are afraid of him nationwide. Buhari is also emotional and responsive to the incessant killings and destruction by the PDP-grown terror organization (tribute to Azazi). It is not about the age but about the mind, the soul and the spirit. Peugeot is always ready to serve Nigeri no matter how old. The PDP has been sceptical as it is fast losing its pretext of using insurgency to stop election. I read yesterday that PDP govt has stopped the Chadian army from advancing further to liberate more territories. Azazi will never be a liar. RIP General Andrew Azazi.

        • egoigwe

          Wow!!! I just love the Peugeot part! My brother, if Peugeot doesn’t hire you as its Director, Sales and Marketing, they simply do not know what talent they pass by or on what side their bread is buttered in Nigeria. Well said!!!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Don’t worry, just ask the Benue State Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr Aondowase Chia who kept on referring to GMB as “Quarter to go”.

        He was only 46 and expired last night while GMB still lives!!

        Beware the Ides of March as Nigerians #March4Buhari.

      • Mohstone

        That old man is better than all your criminal parents put together.

  • bib

    APC’S allegation proved right again! Up APC! Na una biko. Vote for change from top to bottom!

  • dd

    If this card reader was used for Ekiti election and some other little election and successful Jega would have had my pass mark. With the level of hackers being imported by APC and PDP we will end up not voting. The only persons that will vote will be foreign hackers. This card readers are programmed for various pooling booth. How is Jega sure that the people programming them have not been given money. Do you know have the list of register voters? How have we been conducting election in this country? Even June 12 election was considered the freest and fairest election in history without card reader. It was not conducted by Jega. Jega should leave and give way to a more credible person has APC have paid fund into his account and now afraid of being caught and quickly used a reversed attack on PDP.

    • Are you saying the country should revert to June 12 voting pattern which was not based on secret ballot? That too will be fine, but will you and PDP accept that option? It looks you guys hate any option that will prevent rigging.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    I agree with Mr. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner that “Prof Attahiru Jega has shown lack of professionalism and good judgment in his actions so far in” registering all these mushroom, briefcase parties.

    There is no way they could have fully met the Constitutional requirements for registration and yet remain incapable of fielding candidates for all elective posts across the country.

    They only serve to make a mockery of the democratic concept.

  • evi

    Card readers that have not been tried and tested should not be used to conduct an important election like the presidential election. Apc and Jega plan to disenfranchise 23 million voters from the south failed when elections were postponed so they want to use card readers now to frustrate voters from the south by strictly enforcing it’s use here but not enforcing use of card readers in the north

    • John

      Yeye man. Card readers will be used. The millions of cards the criminal PDP cloned will be be exposed. The fake figures they announce as election results will fail. PDP is going to be routed in this election by over 75 per cent and nothing is going to save this corrupt brood of criminals called PDP from extinction in Nigeria. Shameless vampires

      • evi

        If Inec eventually does not use the card readers make sure you hang yourself. What was cloned pvc and hackers guide doing in apc so called data centre at allen avenue in lagos, or you have conveniently forgotten that one, apc will commit a crime and turn around and accuse anoda of committing the very crime,if apc is so sure that they will win the election why did they insist that election must hold Feb 14 even when they knew that 23 million voters from the south had not collected pvc as at that time? Jonathan will win this election and the worst you and your terrorist brother will do is blow yourselves up or any other way you choose to end your miserable lives, we really don’t care.

        • Abdul

          THEY WILL USE IT WHETHER YOU AND YOUR PARTY LIKE IT OR NOT. You and your party can chose not to participate in the election, your problems, PDP and this 4 parties are not the only ones in Nigeria.

          • evi

            And If they don’t use it, gather your other terrorist brothers and bomb yourselves out of existence, who are you to say what will or will not happen? Are you the one that appointed Jega? If the elections were postponed and the heavens did not fall, Jega can and will be removed and nothing will happen,you guys are just toothless bulldogs

          • staaaaaaaaaaa

            You will that this time around heaven will arise and God will shame all of you riggers. No to Jega removal and yes to card reader. This will help help nigeria help to avoid the kind of system that makes patoience a former bank manager and school teacher. It will help stop having the next president drinking ogogoro while the AU waited for his speech. It will stop us from having an admin that said subsidy payment jumped from 250 billion naira to 2 trillion naira…..

          • Abdul

            Sometimes you talk as if you are the most recent award winner for fo*lishness. So because the heaven did not fall when election was postponed, you, Jonathan and your party can take us for a ride? ok, you people should just try it then you will know that Nigerians are no longer docile. You people should just try our resolve by sacking Jega when election is less than 4weeks to go and you will the other side of Nigerians

            I really dont have much to tell, we are waiting for 28th to come then we will chose our leader. WHO IS AFRAID OF PVE AND CARD READERS?

          • Andel

            GEJ and your likes PDP where surprise that they postponed the election and nothing happened.. So now they could not accuse APC of being a violent party and now they are tired and using multiple court cases with paid Judges to stop APC from contesting… when that is not working because no Judge want to create chaos in Nigeria… they are now using PVC and Card reader… dem don forget Buhari Certificate and em Health matter.. Now na use of card reader to rig… abeg hw card reader go rig election wen na only accreditation dem go use am for…They earlier said APC was bokoharam wen they could not defeat it….Now they are defeating it and are saying that APC was politicking with the issue before and they where treating it with Kid Glove…. they are now defeating APC and none of the slained members has confessed that APC dey sponsor dem…. i kan dey wonder why dem no dey catch dis bokoharam pple bt instead killing them… we need to get their confession and know their sponsor… Why is PDP Army silencing them…. God dey watch una all….

          • Mohstone

            Evil please what is wrong with you? Must you force your evil and devilish intentions on people??? If you choose to remain evil for the rest of your life then so be it. Just don’t smear others with your evil odour.

        • Andel

          Mumu… DSS stormed their data centre.. arrested their staffs… turned the office upside down… decrypted all their files and found NOTHING to prove they are cloning cards and went silent on the matter… Why DSS no tok am again…. LOL.. U be total mumu walahi… INEC Card cant be hacked cos its built from a database and the hatched code needs to be backed by finger print and INEC algorithms … I am very sure u dont know how to power on a computer thats why PDP can turn u around like a toddler…. Grow up

        • Add an “l” to your pen name to let us know who you really are, “evil.”

    • Andel

      You must be high on cocaine… APC stronghold is south west and now you foolishly say they want to disenfranchised their stronghold.. PDP are crying for the headache of APC supporters.. wonders shall neva end… Jega was disenfranchising APC stronghold which is Lagos and Ogun and to everybody surprise… PDP came to their rescue when they discover they are going to lose the Feb 14.. Now Lagos and Ogun has gotten about 70% average.. They are not crying card reader.. soon it will be PVC and soon it will be not to use any register but birth certificate or baptism card for this election or to allow any Nigeria to vote without any form of authentication.. We still dey watch…

  • It is very easy to see that PDP is behind these parties’ insistence on non use of the card readers. Some of these parties do not even have presidential candidates so whether card readers are used or not, the parties have very few stakes in the elections. PDP is a liar.

  • bib

    I told you before and I will tell you again. GEJ wants to win this election by all means. Jega wants winner to emerge by credible means. Let’s be on the side of credibility!

  • Man_Enough

    they might as well prefer jega not to even accredit any voter. thieves hate padlocks, criminals hate road blocks and block heads hate exams.

  • Abdul

    All of you enemy of progress should deal with it, Jega cannot be fired.

    They can boycott the election if they like, they are not to tell INEC how to conduct election, even if its one political party that is willing to participate, the election will be conducted for them and the card reader used.

  • Scalywag

    Those are phantom political parties. How many councillors have they got? How many state branches and the numbers and names of their state exco members? Do they know that smaller and less endowed countries have been using the card readers?

  • brightdestiny

    Dis is all plots of jonas to hv easy way of manipulating the results bt what ever tricks you bring forward we shall not let you remove honorable jega from office cuz he has proven to be d best man to handle d election if you accuse him of being bias cuz he refused you d order of rigging d election like pdthieves hv done in d past den deploy sm special bodies without arms to supervise d practice n make sure d exercise is free n fair you still in power an’nt you? Plz leave jega alone to conduct dis election cuz we d masses have chosen him no other person bt him n any atampt to remove him shall result to violent.

    • burning spear

      Journalists were on Wednesday kept for over thirty minutes as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) struggled to showcase the good working condition of its card readers, which have been deployed for the elections.

      The commission had invited journalists to showcase its preparedness for the election.

      However, the exercise failed as the card reading machine could not work for over 30 minutes, a situation that left the audience embarrassed.-what a shame—-Nigeria is not advanced to the point of having all these gadgets bought for the use of a population that is struggling—to have constant light—————

      • Ed

        What happened after 30 minutes. SET UP TIME.

      • Andel

        Please provide a link or news post to this your claim or alleged lie… The card readers are currently being tested in my location and i was among the team that tutored youth corpers on the use of this card readers. we tested about 1,500 of this card readers and none showed a minute delay fault. Please don’t just lie to us here and put a link or news post to support this claim… I hate Liars.. If u need education on the use of card readers please communicate with me and i will show you…It cant be manipulated and that is PDP and her supporters anger….. You want to rig shey? Bring it on… No more rigging in Nigeria by God grace. D people must choose their leaders.

        • sawston

          Well said. In fact no newspaper or news media has reported this, not even NTA or AIT that are sympathetic to PDP.This guy is known for spreading falsehood.

      • Your Jona-PDP government should take the blame for not providing constant power supply or solar power. Thecard readers will work for more than 30 minutes when fitted with heavy duty or solar batteries.

      • brightdestiny

        Where did you gather ur info?so you telling me dat dose machines were not tested b4 d purchase or it was manufactured in Nigeria?stop all dis fake lies n support d on system dat will ensure d practice is free n fair since d existence of democracy in nig tell me in which previous elections has d manual practice u are clamouring 4 produced eligible leader without rigging? Weda u guys like it or not dis card reading machine must b used cuz billions was spent in purchasing dem tanx

  • burning spear

    Journalists were on Wednesday kept for over thirty minutes as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) struggled to showcase the good working condition of its card readers, which have been deployed for the elections.

    The commission had invited journalists to showcase its preparedness for the election.

    However, the exercise failed as the card reading machine could not work for over 30 minutes, a situation that left the audience embarrassed.

    • evi

      And PT will not publish this story

      • Ed

        If you’re interested in the truth, please look further than paid political actors.

    • They will work for more than 30 minutes when fitted with heavy duty or solar batteries.

    • David

      Haha fear God stop lieing

  • Layo

    These PDP by proxy should take several seats. Let the boycott the election. Who Sabi them? One of them was speaking like an imbecile on channels TV yesterday. Kenneth or kelvin I can’t remember. Calling card reader car reader. They can all go to hell. We now know there are so many cards yet to be collected, it is because they know it can not be used since card reader will be used. Pdp is so fraudulent and it is so obvious.

  • segun

    INEC IS AN INDEPENDENT BODY AND NO PARTY OR WHATEVER SHOULD DICTATE HOW INEC SHOULD CONDUCT ELECTION….INEC AS PUT SO MUCH IN CONDUCTING CREDIBLE ELECTION AND SHOULDN’T BE STOPPED NOW.

  • excel

    And the fact is this is how postponement of the Feb 14 election started. I hope desperation of self people will not jeopardise the democratic privilege of this Nation. A bad leader is a disease. It is time for CHANGE

  • HAMZA

    These unknown/unpopular political parties should be deregistered if they would allow themselves to be used by the bigger parties!!!

  • Taiwo

    How many votes can these mushroom parties win on their own. These are business political parties established mainly for negotiation. ordinarily, they cannot even win a councilor position in the chairman’s ward.

  • Allayes

    Loving PVCs/card readers combo more and more. Long may you live Jega.

  • Nelson

    Nija the land of possibilities, where everything thrives

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    WHY DID JEGA NOT TEST THE CARD READERS WITH MINOR ELECTIONS ……..BEFORE INTRODUCING THEM IN A CRUCIAL ELECTION ?

    • Andel

      Pls provide a minor election…. because they have tested it with 1,000 people… so how minor are you talking abt…. Did you ask airlines to test their aeroplane before u board it to be sure it wont crash… Always asking for rubbish…. Bring the minor election before the March 28 and INEC go test for your dumb eyes to see… But God willing INEC will use the card reader for this election…

      • Salisu Dan-Gombe

        If Jega had deployed the Card Readers in say the last Senatorial by-election in Niger State may be that would have boosted public confidence in the Card Readers.

        Please don’t get me wrong …… I am not against Card Readers …… I am only saying that it is unwise to introduce them for the first time in an election as crucial as the Presidential election. We must be careful here.

        By the way ……. your aeroplane example is pure rubbish ……… if you know the rigorous tests air-crafts undergo before they are put to public use …… you won’t come here and start talking rubbish.

        • Johnson Omale

          Salisu, nothing will stop Jega from conducting this election. Everyday excuses, you and your clueless president must face people come March 28.

          • Salisu Dan-Gombe

            Jega is the only one stopping himself from conducting the election …….. imagine an INEC Chairman saying he was ready to go ahead with the elections on Februaray 14, 2015 when it is now obvious that so many things are not in place even as at the time I am writing this comment.

            Jega should not be allowed to plunge this country into chaos

          • Curseless

            You are forgetting that no man is an island and if people refuse to perform their civic duties by collecting their PVC is that Jega’s fault? Nigeria is a complex country where things that are readily done in lesser countries becomes an ordeal when it comes to our turn, and the reasons are not far fetched; selfish interest, nepotism, indiscipline and outright wickedness .

        • WHO SAYS CARD-READERS ARE NOT SUBJECTED TO EQUALLY RIGOROUS TESTS?

          • Titi

            pls do not mind this brainless e-rat

        • Yusuf

          even card readers undergo rigorous test before production and before supply just that u are too mischievous to understand; they can work during the first election and fail during the next just like an air bus can crash midair, but in a reasonable world u have to use the them with the possibility of thier short coming

    • Rumournaire

      So you think Nigeria will be the first country where card readers have been used in elections? Are you not ashamed to suggest that card readers that work in other countries would not work in your own country because of your own crookedness? If it would not work in Nigeria, it could only be for one reason: Those who have manufactured fake PVCs have done all in their power to make it impossible to use the card readers.

    • Yusuf

      bcus the people that paid u to post rubbish didnt tell u about the card reader test; if u have sense u should wait until that one fail. In 2011 many lazy voters were disenfranchised due to inefficient way of voter registration and voter accreditation, but that was OK bcus pdp was in charge of the rigging machine; Anambra election did not call for Jegas resignation and Ekiti election did not call for sacking of army chief; u are very clueless desperadoes

  • true talk

    Pdp handwork……..parties that are no where to be found. Pdp wing…..parties that cannot win 20 votes convincinly…….no good idealogy…….how can they move forward…hw can they move forward…bunch of nonsense….change is inevitable. Apc all the way

    • Salisu Dan-Gombe

      Haba …… democracy is not just about PDP and APC …….. everyone counts and everyone’s voice must be heard … that is what democracy entails.

      • Yusuf

        if every rubbish must be heard then how can we move forward

  • Debekeme

    One thing that i have come to find out about Nigeria is this:

    NIgeria always shows that it is bigger than any man or group.

    Lets wait and see how this plays out. Money can solve many problems BUT it can never defeat nature.

    I’m not afraid or worried; all of them will be surprised. just watch.

    • Fatai Fehintola

      i echo you!

    • Titi

      i feel encouraged by the optimism, yeah Nigeria always find its way out of mess

    • Patriotique

      I have same attitude. Glad to know many others have hope too.

  • Jeremy

    The plot thickens. The ides of March approach us….Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan! A time will come when u will answer to all your actions. If you want to test Nigerians and their resolve, touch Jega. Then we shall see how well you can dance to your own music

    • burning spear

      Journalists were on Wednesday kept for over thirty minutes as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) struggled to showcase the good working condition of its card readers, which have been deployed for the elections.

      The commission had invited journalists to showcase its preparedness for the election.

      However, the exercise failed as the card reading machine could not work for over 30 minutes, a situation that left the audience embarrassed.

      DAILY POST reports that the PVC of one of the journalists was inserted, after which that of a member of the Civil Society Organization was equally tried, but both failed the test.

      • Jeremy

        I didn’t read any such report in the dailies. But Inec reserve the right to conduct elections the way they want to. They are the umpire and what they say should be respected. The headache is theirs on election day, u or me are not Inec that will conduct elections. So please let all this card readers nonsense stop! Let’s move on and conduct the elections the way it’s been designed to hold or is any one afraid of using the card readers?

        • burning spear

          ANOTHER MUMU———-ON THE LOOOOOOOSE—————–DID U NOT SEE THE NAME OF THE MEDIA THat wrote the story—-daily post———————————–it seems u are older than buhari and obj—-so cannot read thing properly

  • When political parties start writing electoral laws, know that the days of anarchy are here.

    • blueeyedkitten

      nice one

  • tundemash

    Four Nigerian political parties have threatened to pull out of the March 28 and April 11 elections if the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, refuses to suspend the use of card readers.

    These are PDP satelite parties. Did APC not warn a few days ago this will begin to happen ? They can pull out please ! Soon it will be some fake Pastors and Imams threatening to stop praying if INEC does not do PDp’s bidding. Yeye dey smell !

  • Yusuf

    u can imagine if this parties are doing us a favor by participating in the election. This people should pls tell us which election is not important, so that the card readers can start from that election. for us all elections are important and there is a first time for everything, including the failure of an incumbent

  • burning spear

    WHY ARE SOME NIGERIANS SO EVIL MINDED———————THEIRS IS TO DELETE COMMENTS THAT ARE NOT FAVORABLE TO TINUBU AND BUHARI—HERE—————-YET THEY SAY THEM WANT FREE AND FAIR ELECTION WHEN U CANNOT EVEN TOLERATE OPINIONS THAT ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOURS———————–HOW THEN CAN WE MOVE FORWARDS————–WITH SUCH SATANIC THOUGHTS————-Its not as if any is against——Jega conducting elections——far———-from it————-what we are saying here is very simple—–Nigeria is not America–or London where buhari is hiding————–away his sickness———–for INEC to have introduced-a system which at the end of it will disfranchise millions of eligible voters—————————–that is the point being made—all the need do is for the so-called card readers to claim——–yr card is not authentic–That PVC of journalists and security agents were tried——————

    • Bayo Ola

      Burning Spear or whatever you call yourself: So after you wrote this nonsense, you would collect 5,000 naira from Femi Fani Kayode. You would go back to your face me I face you apartment accommodation to sleep. You have no job. You have no future. Your future have been stolen by your current employers, who pay you a peanut to use your future against you. In connivance, you helped them to mortgaged your future and that of your born and unborn children. Just for 5,000 naira !!!. You are not worthy to be considered human, since you cannot even think beyond your basic need of food, which animals also do. Here lies your similarity with these fringe political parties, who were also paid large sums of money to attack the foundation of a democratic system that will guarantee the future of their children. They collected stipends, which might be millions in Naira, only to go back to the pollution environment where they live with noise and air pollution from their generation. They are their own security in the Banana Republic they live. They are their own Minister of Education, since they must train their children at private schools. They are their own Minister of Water Resources, since they must use borehole to produce water to drink, even when they are surrounded with oceans.. The money they collected from Jonathan PDP to truncate this democracy might be enough to send their children to school overseas, but they lost the chances of bonding with their children if they are in a country where educational system works, all because of their greed. Their children mostly take to drug in various Western Countries,due to lack of parental supervision for kids that are sent overseas at young age. Those of them that make it back home after their education are killed by armed robbers, robbers that are the children of the less privileged; robbers that might have been graduates from a failed educational system that was invariably caused by the parents of “these privileged kids”. The cycle then continues. The stealing continues. These Oranguntans are indeed not human. They are not me. They are animals!

      • burning spear

        SADLY———–U JUST WASTED YOUR TIME TALKING ABOUT NOTHING——-ABOVE———–IS IT TINUBU—a drug addict–ati dealer-and at the same time an ex convict—-who is blessed with the worst mouth or-dour-any human can be cloned with–that woukd lead me to the promised land—————–?or Buhari———–who did not sit for———–his WASC—-and has been lying about his qualifications——that can bring about the needed–changes in the life–of the people of the Niger Delta—-? Charity the say begins at home–show me the water projects that Fashola was able to erect 4 the people of lagos state–was tinubu not the governor of lagos state for 8yrs——-?——–what ideas did he bless the people of lagos state with–Apart from his stealing habits—-Tell me—-is it d roads that he constructed——-or the hospitals he built to cure Buhari of his aliment—?———Nigeria is over 54 years—————we have had regional leaders who wasted my oil revenue———————-over nothing–why must it take the soul of an ijawman-to–help improve–our lot——-tell those weak vision-less tales by moon light to——–the followers of tinubu—not me—–if buhari had any regard for Nigerians he would have told us the TRUTH–about his ailment-but he lied–to every single Nigerian—about his sickness and why he left for London on a working visit——————-APC–IS NOW TELLING US THEY WILL WELCOME BUHARI WITH A DANCE BAND—WHY DID THEY NOT USE THE SAME METHOD TO SEE HIM OFF————-ANIMALS

        • Midla

          I see a militancy habi ts in u…….

    • Midla

      I worried at the national assembly. May be their cards are fake.

  • taewo

    I’m hearing of the existence of most of these political parties for the first time. Let them submit the list of their members.

    • burning spear

      SO DID INEC TELL U–THEY ARE ILLEGAL————-POLITICAL PARTIES

  • burning spear

    Journalists were on Wednesday kept for over thirty minutes as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) struggled to showcase the good working condition of its card readers, which have been deployed for the elections.

    The commission had invited journalists to showcase its preparedness for the election.

    However, the exercise failed as the card reading machine could not work for over 30 minutes, a situation that left the audience embarrassed.

    DAILY POST reports that the PVC of one of the journalists was inserted, after which that of a member of the Civil Society Organization was equally tried, but both failed the test.

    • kola

      How come it work in the national assembly

  • Dazmillion

    I believe it will be better if these 4 political parties boycott the elections so that the elections run smoothly.

  • Spoken word

    Lol. You will not be missed if you boycott the election. Bye Bye to bad rubbish.

  • blueeyedkitten

    who hell is this mr breakfast?

    • Abate Dokpu

      You missed it. The name is Corruption Breakforth.

  • blackdove

    Whenever Lai Mohammed speaks, people should listen. The drama long predicted has started to unfold. The corrupt military and political actors are seriously warned that 2015 is not 1993.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    It appears that these parties are scared to adopt technology as a way of improving the electoral processes. All that is needed is to carry out trials of the Card Readers in about 12 states of Nigeria. If it performed well in most of the 12 states, then they must be used during the elections. Our perennial problem during elections since 1960 has been our inability to deliver credible elections at the voting stages. Elections were deliberately made to be rigged in favour of those other than the people’s preferred candidates. It is even worse in Nigeria where tribes and faiths are dragged to polling stations. INEC, therefore, got it right by introducing card readers to stamp out opportunistic vote rigging and make the process more transparent, free and fair. Technology would not wait for us, rather we must adopt it and boldly go ahead and try it following some tests. The Millenium Bug widely envisaged on the eve of year 2000 has now become history, thanks to man’s abilities to embrace change. I was abroad then, and remember clearly the collective resolve of humanity to take the bold steps required to enter into the new technological world we all benefit from today. If the advantages outweigh the negatives, and INEC has conclusively done all within its means to ensure that the card readers are functional and are able to eliminate corruption in the electoral processes, it makes no sense to criticize and suggest we do away with it. It is too late in the day for that argument, giving the huge sums of money expended in acquiring and training Nigerians to deploy them. Besides, INEC has had the opportunity of learning from other countries who had successfully used the card readers before. Some of these countries are in Africa and not as endowed as we are, thank God. It does not have to be 100% ready to be used. Technology does not work that way. We should look at the card reader from the angle of benefits, unless these political parties have a hidden agenda aimed at denying the people of this country from choosing the right people to lead them. The time has come to move on from our ’60’s rot. This is the 21st century…

    • Bayo Ola

      Great mind. Great contribution. I hope these Oranguntans are able to comprehend and get your message

  • senatorojd

    Lol. parties that collectively they all may not pull up to a 100,000 votes, threatening to pull-out. Boycott for all we care. This market s a free entry and free exit one.

  • Truth

    Please pull out today and let PDP follow. We did not even know of your existence before and we will not miss you.

  • Ukpaka

    I thought Johnathan said he will use Technology to fight Boko Haram and corruption?. Curious why he does not embrace technology this time around. It’s obvious they want to cower INEC to use manual process they can exploit.
    They succeeded with election postponement and now going for bigger price. INEC must use the card reader for accreditation. It’s ok with PDP and others want to boycott the election. They can go to court later. Buhari had gone to court previously….this might be the time for PDP to go to court afterwards. This election must hold. PDP is not INEC and they don’t decide how election will be conducted.

  • burning spear

    There was a mild drama on Wednesday at the Enugu office of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) when the card reader for accreditation failed to function, raising further doubts about preparations ahead the elections.

    The drama started when the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, who took time to explain INEC’s preparation for the conduct of elections in the state to show newsmen how the card reader would be used during accreditation.

    For the next 30 minutes the machine, which was being tested on the staff of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), failed to identify and authenticate that he was the owner of the voter card he produced.

    The machine that confirmed that the card in question was issued by INEC, failed to recognize the fingerprints of the journalist which would enable the machine display personal information of the bearer to determine if he was the real owner of the card.

    • burning spear

      Are these the type of the devices that they want to use on the rural folks?–This is pure madness

    • Ukpaka

      Take that lie to Emene moto park.

    • New Jersey

      May be that card is fake, not issued by INEC.

    • Akiika

      source?…….why do you guys have to invent lies just to make a point?

    • Strong System

      That card reader must have be provided by pdp

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      INEC would commence test of the card readers across 12 states of the nation from Saturday 7th March. If the success ratio is at least 70% of 12 states then be prepared to accept the inevitable. That’s the way technology works at the initial stages when deployed. The forthcoming elections would not be the last this country will be conducting. If, for the sake of credibility, we all agree that the card reader should stay, then future elections would be even better and less stressful, until we mature and are able to register to vote from our homes and by calling INEC on the phone. Where there is the will, there will always be a way. Let’s get serious, our children are watching us…

  • Fula

    Jega will stay and INEC will use the Card readers for THIS elections. Heavens will not fall.

  • udu henri

    let the biased Fulani go please

  • Omo Akin

    Remember the cliché that AD is Afenifere and Afenifere is AD? So AD-Afenifere is opposed to a credible election where one person has only one vote? How is this in the interest of Yoruba people you claim to protect?

  • Akiika

    These guys are devoid of any scruple, they have been compromised with mere crumbs to further sink the future of the next generation. Sorry guys, it’s over…we can’t afford to continue with this set of brigands. No to election rigging.

  • Strong System

    As a matter of national importance, the process of registering political parties should be reviewed.
    Tough measures must be put in place to preventing jobbers from taking us for a ride.

  • New Jersey

    These sponsored political parties are up to something. Every one knows that the card readers will minimize rigging. Why are they against their use? Our people deceiving people ( PDP ) are hell bent in stopping the use of card readers, for reasons best known to it, but they will not succeed.

  • DR Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Those four political parties that want the INEC chairman removed are surrogates of PDP led by president Ebele Jonathan and those political parties are mere one man control/owned political parties which PDP led president Ebele Jonathan are funding to achieve his ulterior motive of replacing the INEC chairman from office in order to appoint Ondo State lame dock governor Olusegun Mimiko’s brother,professor Mimiko of Ondo State university,Akungba-Akoko, as INEC chairman in order to manipulate and rig the march 28,2015 presidential poll in favour of PDP Ebele Jonathan who is facing defeat from office for incompetency,incapabillty,corrupt- ridden and ineffective as Nigerian president in the last years in office.
    Where is the regular electricity,modern teaching hospitals and balance budget along with numerous promises made by Mr Ebele Jonathan? Even the national conference was non-sovereign which rendered its final report non-implementable.
    Nothing concrete can be pointed as achievement in all vital public sectors like security of life and property or good roads and anti-0corruption fight except massive corruption and endless looting of our public funds.

    • burning spear

      BUHARI Celebrates The Sacking Of INEC Chairman.

      Presidential candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) in the 2007 election, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), yesterday threw his weight behind Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s sacking of Prof Maurice Iwu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but said more still needed to be done if a free and fair election was to be conducted in 2011.

      Five years later, when the INEC chairman, Prof Jega has spent his 5 years and was to proceed to a compulsory terminal leave, Buhari, APC and some civil society that celebrated Dr Abel Guobadia removal in 2005 and Prof Iwu 2010 are now fighting against the same exercise they celebrated yesterday.–why–why why why

  • burning spear

    Drama in Enugu as INEC card reader fails to function

    Posted by The Leader News Online on Sunday, March 1, 2015 · Leave a Comment

    There was a mild drama on Wednesday at the Enugu office of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) when the card reader for accreditation failed to function, raising further doubts about preparations ahead the elections.

    The drama started when the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, who took time to explain INEC’s preparation for the conduct of elections in the state to show newsmen how the card reader would be used during accreditation.

    For the next 30 minutes the machine, which was being tested on the staff of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), failed to identify and authenticate that he was the owner of the voter card he produced.

    The machine that confirmed that the card in question was issued by INEC, failed to recognize the fingerprints of the journalist which would enable the machine display personal information of the bearer to determine if he was the real owner of the card.

  • burning spear

    BUHARI Celebrates The Sacking Of INEC Chairman.

    Presidential candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) in the 2007 election, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), yesterday threw his weight behind Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s sacking of Prof Maurice Iwu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but said more still needed to be done if a free and fair election was to be conducted in 2011.

    Five years later, when the INEC chairman, Prof Jega has spent his 5 years and was to proceed to a compulsory terminal leave, Buhari, APC and some civil society that celebrated Dr Abel Guobadia removal in 2005 and Prof Iwu 2010 are now fighting against the same exercise they celebrated yesterday.———-what a shame

    • Investigator

      Burning Spear,

      Buhari was right supporting INEC Chairman’s sack in 2007

      YES, MUHAMMADU BUHARI WAS RIGHT SUPPORTING THE SACK OF MAURICE IWU
      – THE THEN INEC CHAIRMAN WHOSE TERM HAD NOT EXPIRED IN 2007 – BECAUSE
      THIS DECISIVE QUESTION WAS NOT PUT TO MUHAMMADU BUHARI IN 2007, VIZ:

    • Brass

      Oh yes!….The parasites who practically exhumed a Duncee and calls it ‘change’ certainly assumes that Nigerians dont remember.

  • MushinSpeaks

    PDP cronies…we laugh…CHANGE cometh…

  • The hand of Esau but the voice of Jacob.

  • burning spear

    A rights group, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, yesterday, called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Department for State Service, as well as the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to probe the alleged rigging video clip of the August 9, 2014 Osun State governorship election.

    Coming few weeks after one Captain Sagir Okoli released a controversial audio clip alleging the use military to rig the June 21, Ekiti governorship poll, CHRSJ alleged that Osun video clip must be independently investigated just as the All Progressives Congress, APC is calling for the investigation of the Ekiti audio clip.

    Addressing a press conference at the International Press Centre, IPC, Ogba, Lagos, the Executive Chairman, CHRSJ, Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman, said the controversial video clip which shows how the APC allegedly rigged the Osun governorship polls must not be swept under the carpet.

  • No Comment

    INEC Card Reader fails to work in Enugu

    “There was a mild drama on Wednesday at the Enugu office of the
    Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) when the card reader for
    accreditation failed to function, raising doubts about INEC
    preparations ahead the elections.”

    …..Burning Spear

    Quoting The Leader News Online of Sunday, March 1, 2015

    (March 5th, 2015)

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      BECAREFUL GOODLOCK JONOTHING IN DILEMMA.
      United States and the European Union told President Jonathan that he will be sent to the International Criminal Court should his plan to manipulate the elections cause bloodletting in Nigeria.

  • Kailani Salawu

    While you know we are not going to use these machines, why did you wasted our scarce resources on therm. This showed that we don’t have reliable Government in this country. May be the PDP saw failure coming their way. Who are these political parties refer to as majority of Nigeria? We never complained about the card reader in general election, come march.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    GOODLOCK JONOTHING IN DILEMMA JOINING GBAGBO AND CHARLES TAYLOR.
    United States and the European Union told President Jonathan that he will be sent to the International Criminal Court should his plan to manipulate the elections cause bloodletting in Nigeria.

  • AboubakarAlahmad

    Mallam Attahiru Jega should listen to the voice of wisdom and cancel the use of the new technology branded and called “card readers” during the elections around the corner.Relatively,Jega should quietly proceed on terminal leave to pave way for an unsuspecting refereeism.Tafidan Dogon Daji.

  • burning spear

    Do you think all would have been fine if the election was not shifted but conducted on the original date which is February 14?

    It would have been a political suicide for INEC to have gone ahead to conduct the election as scheduled. I think the decision to postpone the election was a wise one. Though the electoral body blamed the shift on the security challenges in the country, but in a situation where about 24 million Nigerians were denied from participating the election because they don’t have PVC’s can possibly lead to crisis, chaos or anarchy. If you denied just about 100,000 people it is a different thing but in this case we are talking about 24 million voters.

    Those of us that fought for the enthronement of democracy in the country which forced the military to surrender and handover power were not up to 10,000 or the struggle for the actualization of June 12mandate were not up to 5,000. I can say exactly what happened in the country between 1993 and 1999. So denying 24 million voters the opportunity to vote is a serious offence in this country. For example, about 45 percent of registered voters in Lagos have not got their PVC’s, even the governor of Lagos State complained of not getting his PVC before the February 14 date including the Sultan of Sokoto and several other prominent Nigerians. In a situation like that why would one advise INEC to go ahead and conduct election? I commend Professor Jega for agreeing with 17 out of 27 political parties to shift the election because it would have been a serious problem for him to conduct that election.gani adams

    • burning spear

      We don’t need to mislead people with garbage information; nobody wins an election and then put the people into crisis. That is why I am appealing to the opposition party members to always ensure that they give accurate and better information to the citizenry. Look, I am not a politician but I read political science, even before reading political science, I am a student of political science and I can read between the lines through the gift that God gave me and be able to tell what would happen within three weeks. I am appealing to the opposition group to soft pedal in their verbal attacks on Mr. President or use their media advantage to bring the country down. What I believe they should do at the moment is for them to appeal to INEC to make sure that all necessary preparations for the election is done before March 28, which is the new date for the presidential election in the country so that we can have a peaceful election. I was surprised to hear from Lai Mohammed that holding the election on February 14 would have denied only 22 local government areas the right to vote. 22 local governments is more than a whole state. In Ondo State where I come from, we have only 18 local government areas, Bayelsa has only about 8 and somebody would be comfortable to exclude such number of people from a general election. Honestly, I don’t know how these people feel when they open their mouth to talk.–adams

    • Usen Akpan

      You are a sane man. You must be true Nigerian. Most of those condemning shift in election dates are insane and anti Nigeria. God bless you

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    I hope PDP joins them as well! As one man I know used to say, it will be “good riddance of bad rubbish”

  • Ette

    Thank God the evils that PDP has packaged is coming to the open and it will be in the interest of Nigeria for all the evil groups including evil PDP to withdraw from the election. Let the parties which stand for free, fair and credible elections get to the field so we can gladly choose the type of leaders we need for sincere development of our nation.

  • Chuckwuebuka Alavavite

    Stop trying to debase those elections. They will happen because they have to. Contesting them will just allow more people to resort to violence if they lose. there is no doubt that they will be fairer and freer than the last ones, which is already a win. Plus, you can not blame the government for the INEC lack of efficiency. It is (as it should be) an independent institution.

  • AdemolaO

    Given the recent outburst in bomb attacks by BH, while the group is at war on every front, just imagine how deadly they might have been on feb 14? Only irresponsible men are unhappy with the postponement of the elections.