APC lawmakers stop House from summoning Jega over elections

FILE PHOTO: House of Representative in session

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a motion urging it to summon the Chairman, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega.

Mr. Jega appeared before the Senate at about the same time the motion was considered.

The House Majority Leader, Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta), had in a motion at the plenary session, urged the house to summon Mr. Jega to explain INEC’s preparedness on the forthcoming general elections.

However, Members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the House, who formed majority in the chamber, together with few others, rejected the motion.

The motion, which was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Aminu Tambawal, did not scale through, although similar motion was passed by the Senate on Tuesday.

The House has 360 members, out of which APC had 182; PDP, 155 and other parties, 23.

Meanwhile, the House would on Thursday debate the legality or otherwise of the deployment of military to monitor the forthcoming general elections.

This followed a motion by the House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), who called for extensive debate on the matter.

“It is a matter that is very important. It is a matter that this House has to address to determine whether the military has a role to play in our elections,” Mr. Gbajabiamila said.

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  • TRUTH MASTER

    I am surprised that these lawmakers are summoning Jega instead of the NSA and the Service Chiefs who sabotaged the polls. Jega has no control over what the security agencies said, that they could not guarantee security for the polls. So what is the point inviting him? Are they afraid of the conniving NSA and the Service Chiefs? The House of Representatives at least did well. Shame on the Senate.

    • Rollingdollar

      No sir, Shame on you. Jega personally announced the postponement of the polls and if any investigation is needed, it will start from Jega and if it unravels that the military chiefs should be invited then automatically they will be invited. Stop reasoning backwards.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        LIAR! Do you know what it means to say the puppet and the puppeteer? Who forced Jega to postpone the polls? Not every Nigerian is as IQ challenged as you, sir!

        • burning spear

          Amosun Raises Alarm Over 600,000 PVCs In His State That belongs to Other States.

          **only 40 per cent of the registered voters in the state had collected their PVCs.

          The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has raised the alarm over about 600,000 Permanent Voter Cards, brought to the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which the governor says do not belong to people in the state.

          The Governor who belongs to Nigerian first Islamic party, APC, raised the alarm on today after he visited the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Chief Timothy Ibitoye, in his office at Magbon, Abeokuta.

          The governor also lamented that only 40 per cent of the registered voters in the state had collected their PVCs, stressing that this was far from being encouraging.

          Amosun said, “As we speak today, the cards (PVCs) they brought originally, we have two or three issues now.

          “The first one is that the 1.1 million cards they brought in November, on my honour, about 600,000 of those cards do no belong to Ogun State, and that is the problem.

          “They don’t belong to Ogun State, you will see them quoting the polling units, the cards are not our own in Ogun State, which means, somebody somewhere doesn’t want us to vote in Ogun State.”

          “In Ogun State, we’ve just managed to collect about 40 per cent; it was about 36 per cent before and as of today, only about 40 per cent has been distributed.

          “I have been interfacing with INEC and I have had cause to write a letter to the Chairman of INEC on December 19, 2014, and I enumerated all that have been happening as Ogun State is concerned in the run off to this election.

          “Unfortunately, I have been here since morning and they still have no good story to tell us. Let me tell you, somebody somewhere, I don’t know know, probably do not want us to vote in Ogun State, they want to make sure that at least, 40 per cent or more than that, do not vote.”

          Amosun said during the 2011 elections, the state had about 1.8 million registered voters and they later removed 500,000, alleging double registration through post AVIS.

          • Arewabetter

            The Ogun State PVC issue is really pathetic and pathological. Something needs to be done over this matter. Anyway, I think INEC has still got time in abundance to act on the matter. PVC issue in other states is not that bad!

      • truth is bitter

        So are you suggesting he should have gone ahead even when they told him clearly they wouldn’t guarantee safety of adhoc staffs and other main staffs. So jega should be irresponsible like you and put innocent corpers lives at risk. Something some people’s head need thorough examination.

  • burning spear

    Amosun Raises Alarm Over 600,000 PVCs In His State That belongs to Other States.

    **only 40 per cent of the registered voters in the state had collected their PVCs.

    The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has raised the alarm over about 600,000 Permanent Voter Cards, brought to the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which the governor says do not belong to people in the state.

    The Governor who belongs to Nigerian first Islamic party, APC, raised the alarm on today after he visited the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Chief Timothy Ibitoye, in his office at Magbon, Abeokuta.

    The governor also lamented that only 40 per cent of the registered voters in the state had collected their PVCs, stressing that this was far from being encouraging.

    Amosun said, “As we speak today, the cards (PVCs) they brought originally, we have two or three issues now.

    “The first one is that the 1.1 million cards they brought in November, on my honour, about 600,000 of those cards do no belong to Ogun State, and that is the problem.

    “They don’t belong to Ogun State, you will see them quoting the polling units, the cards are not our own in Ogun State, which means, somebody somewhere doesn’t want us to vote in Ogun State.”

    “In Ogun State, we’ve just managed to collect about 40 per cent; it was about 36 per cent before and as of today, only about 40 per cent has been distributed.

    “I have been interfacing with INEC and I have had cause to write a letter to the Chairman of INEC on December 19, 2014, and I enumerated all that have been happening as Ogun State is concerned in the run off to this election.

    “Unfortunately, I have been here since morning and they still have no good story to tell us. Let me tell you, somebody somewhere, I don’t know know, probably do not want us to vote in Ogun State, they want to make sure that at least, 40 per cent or more than that, do not vote.”

    Amosun said during the 2011 elections, the state had about 1.8 million registered voters and they later removed 500,000, alleging double registration through post AVIS.

    • burning spear

      YET APC –lawmakers do not want the truth to be known————-BY NIGERIANS-

  • CousinBrother

    Soldiers should not be used on two conditions. 1) Politicians should not have security escorts (including thugs) on election day or (2) Every Nigerian should be encouraged to carry gun for their personal protection if (1) above is not acceptable. Simply put, let all Nigerians be properly armed and I can guarantee universal respect for all the citizenry.

  • burning spear

    WHY IS APC SCARED OF THE POLICE ati ARMY

    • jude L/A USA

      Because your pay masters will use them to rig elections, as they did in Ekiti. Rubbish.

  • Otile

    Alhaji Jega is never going to be ready for PDP PVCs;

  • Arrest warrant

    There will be no elections in Nigeria, Jega has no power over security,the security are very busy fighting insurgents at northwestern Nigeria. something they couldn’t do in six years..six weeks will be repeated over and over again till military concluded it war…Jega is either in or out..but OBJ is already out ..wait and see.