Again, Abuja residents protest postponement of elections

Coalition of Civil Societies And Concerned Nigerians protesting against elections postponement In Abuja

Some residents of Abuja on Saturday again protested the possibility of postponing the already scheduled general elections.

At the Unity Fountain, near the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, where protesters gathered, an armoured police vehicle and other utility vehicles were seen parked with police officers scattered around the area.

The protesters were however blocked by police officers as they marched towards the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

A lady who simply identified herself as Sadatu said it was very wrong and unfair for anyone to consider postponing the elections.

“How can anybody think of this? That’s not fair, INEC had four whole years to prepare for this election. If we could have an election in 2011 when much was not in place, why not now?” she asked.

Another protester said the credibility of INEC was at stake with the rumoured postponement. He added that Nigeria’s democracy was threatened with by the call for election postponement at this time.

The protesters, with the intention of marching on the presidential villa, had gathered at the same venue on Friday marching towards the Eagle Square where they were blocked by security operatives.

The protest was organised by the civic group, National Consensus Movement.

The National Council of State had met on Friday and agreed that the elections should go on as planned.

Attahiru Jega, Chairman, INEC, has said the commission is prepared for the elections and has no plans for a postponement.

However, the commission has been holding consultative meetings all day to possibly review the scheduled dates for election.

Before Friday’s anti-postponement protest, some allegedly hired youths numbering about 100, had on Monday marched on INEC headquarters demanding the postponement of the elections.

The youth had gathered in front of the electoral body’s headquarters, asking the commission to delay the polls because of the difficulty in the distribution of the Permanent Voters Card, PVCs.

The youth carried 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”, and “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 protest confirmed PREMIUM TIMES exclusive story of last Thursday revealing the plot by the Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to organize a nationwide protest against the electoral body to force it to shift the polls.

The National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, a retired colonel, recently at an event in London, made a case for a 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 alleging that Mr. Dasuki was only making the call to buy time for President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign to gather steam.


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  • Femi

    MtcheuW.
    HOW MANY OF THESE KIDS ARE WILLING TO GO CONDUCT ELECTIONS IN DAMATURU??

    • Maitama Tambari

      One thousand and one. Don’t you think there are people including your PDP candidates not only in Damaturu, but in Gaidam, Gasua, Nguru and Yusufari, you do not know Yobe State. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

    • ameha

      IGBOS…REMEMBER MAJOR ISSAC BORO AND STOP DECEIVING YOURSELVES,
      HOPING YOUR BLIND SUPPORT FOR GEJ WILL PAY OFF, HEAR BIG BROTHER BORO;

      He complained at the economic and material neglect of the Niger Delta:

      “Economic
      development of the area is certainly the most appalling aspect. There is not even a single industry. The only fishery industry which ought to be situated in a properly riverine area is sited about 80 miles inland at Aba. The boatyard at Opobo had its headquarters at Enugu …Personnel in these industries and also in the oil stations are predominantly
      non-Ijaw,(Igbos)”

      “Major Isaac Boro offered to give his military prowess to the Nigerian army because the Biafra map was questionable as it covered beyond the territories of the Igbo speaking enclave. This Boro sees as an affront on the part of the Biafra leaders, especially old rivers state and other parts of the Ijaw, Ibibio, Calabar, Urhobo, Isoko and Itsekiri were visibly made citizens of the fallen Biafra map. The people were angry and fought on the side of federal
      government to protect their lands and mineral resources against the Biafra .The NigerDelta people were scared that the Biafra Republic was another form of enslavement in their own land, if allowed to survive. The graphic designof the Biafra map was their major fear of Igbo domination and they fought against the survival of the Biafra Republic . The very ethnic nationalities in Niger Delta territories were carved into Biafra against their choice and they joined
      forces with federal troops. The Igbos accused the people of Niger Delta of betrayal and they saw them as their
      major albatross from the actualization of Biafra Republic . But the Niger Delta people defended their action, saying that it was the Igbos that were trying to betray them by taken their territories into their map without consulting them and intimate them of the benefits they stand to gain at the successful realization of the Biafra Republic .There is the school of thought that the decision by the Igbos to add Niger Delta region into Biafra map was due to the oil wealth of the region which they intended to boost their economy as a new nation. But it was a failed project. The Biafra Republic tentative map is seen as a satanic document by many in Niger Delta up till date”. saharareporters.

      CRAFTY IGBOS, EVIL GENIUS, CRIMINAL MINDED DNA……YOU HOPE TO GET THE NIGER DELTA OIL BY FRIENDSHIP AFTER LOSING WHEN YOUAPPLIED FORCE? E’NOGO WORK ATALL ATALL. NIGERIAN LEPERS WHO CAN NEVER BE PRESIDENT IN THIS NATION HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE THAN TO SIDE ANY GOVT IN POWER. LEPERS OF NIGERIAN POLITICS. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

  • Maitama Tambari

    Yee. When 100 were demonstrating for the postpoment of the election last week, there were no securities men not to talk of armored vehicles to stop them. Today when citizens on owned volition came out to demonstrate against postpoment, securities personnel plus armored vehicles appeared. What a shame. Traverse of justices. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Wetin u dey here dey do, reporting about others?
      Why not go and join them mumu.

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  • anneedu

    Una never start

  • Gideon Orkar

    You see that Aboki in the picture. Under hot sun he is wearing a black kaftan which absorbs heat like mad and it is no wonder he is holding pure water to quench the thirst generated by his mumuism.

    • ameha

      IGBOS…REMEMBER MAJOR ISSAC BORO AND STOP DECEIVING YOURSELVES, HOPING YOUR BLIND SUPPORT FOR GEJ WILL PAY OFF, HEAR BIG BROTHER BORO;

      He complained at the economic and material neglect of the Niger Delta:

      “Economic development of the area is certainly the most appalling aspect. There is not even a single industry. The only fishery industry which ought to be situated in a properly riverine area is sited about 80 miles inland at Aba. The boatyard at Opobo had its headquarters at Enugu …Personnel in these industries and also in the oil stations are predominantly non-Ijaw,(Igbos)”

      “Major Isaac Boro offered to give his military prowess to the Nigerian army because the Biafra map was questionable as it covered beyond the territories of the Igbo speaking enclave. This Boro sees as an affront on the part of the Biafra leaders, especially old rivers state and other parts of the Ijaw, Ibibio, Calabar, Urhobo, Isoko and Itsekiri were visibly made citizens of the fallen Biafra map. The people were angry and fought on the side of federal
      government to protect their lands and mineral resources against the Biafra .The Niger Delta people were scared that the Biafra Republic was another form of enslavement in their own land, if allowed to survive. The graphic design of the Biafra map was their major fear of Igbo domination and they fought against the survival of the Biafra Republic . The very ethnic nationalities in Niger Delta territories were carved into Biafra against their choice and they joined
      forces with federal troops. The Igbos accused the people of Niger Delta of betrayal and they saw them as their major albatross from the actualization of Biafra Republic . But the Niger Delta people defended their action, saying that
      it was the Igbos that were trying to betray them by taken their territories into their map without consulting them and intimate them of the benefits they stand to gain at the successful realization of the Biafra Republic .There is the school of thought that the decision by the Igbos to add Niger Delta region into Biafra map was due to the oil wealth of the region which they intended to boost their economy as a new nation. But it was a failed project. The Biafra Republic tentative map is seen as a satanic document by many in Niger Delta up till date”. saharareporters

  • MUSTAPHA IDRIS

    Youths were seen sharing money after the so called protest against elections postponement. Who is deceiving who. APC stop deceiving yourself. #GEJ4Naija #no2buhari

  • Emmanuel

    …all these faces are very familiar. I can recognize 5 of them who are currently students of Osun state Polytechnic. When did they become Abuja residents?.