Jega’s comments on elections reassuring –APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said Nigeria may be able to organize truly free, fair, credible and transparent elections in the nearest future if the recent comments by INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega reflect the thinking of the electoral commission.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said three issues stand out in comments credited to the INEC boss: that hooded security personnel would no longer be allowed during elections, that the security paraphernalia in future elections should be under the control of INEC and that the Commission will use e-card readers for the 2015 general elections.

It said if indeed the INEC boss meant what he said, then it is a breakthrough of sorts in Nigeria’s long quest to hold elections that are not only free, fair and transparent, but are seen to be so by the local and international community.

APC however said it would hold Prof. Jega to his promises to avoid a repeat of the situation in the past when promises made by the electoral chief were not kept.

”During the voter’s registration exercise, Prof. Jega vowed that anyone who engages in double or multiple registration would be prosecuted. However, some parties who probably had an advanced knowledge that his statement was an empty threat apparently encouraged their members to engage in double or multiple registration, thus gaining undue advantage over others, yet they were never prosecuted.

”Also, during the last Ekiti Governorship Election, Prof. Jega announced that colour-coded ballot papers would be used in different local governments to prevent election fraud, but that never happened and no reason was given for the failure. This is why we intend to hold Prof. Jega to every word he said in connection with the key issues mentioned above,” the party said.

APC recalled that before the Osun governorship election earlier this month, the party warned that the use of hooded security personnel would encourage hoodlums with access to police or DSS uniforms to invade the state and perpetrate mayhem in the name of providing security.

”Sadly, that is exactly what happened during the election. In fact, media reports have said at least one person is now being prosecuted after he and others were found wearing black T-shirts with the inscription ‘Police’ in front and ‘DSS’ on its back during the Osun election. Is there any clearer evidence that some of those who came to Osun in hoods were actually fake security agents?” the party queried.

It also recalled that on May 26th, 2014, the APC issued a statement in which it tasked INEC to immediately commence the process that will lead to the use of the e-card reader for the elections in Ekiti and Osun States, if indeed the electoral body is committed to ensuring that the polls are free, fair and transparent.

”If that advice had been heeded by INEC, perhaps the allegations of electoral fraud, and the litigation following the elections in both states, would not have arisen.

”As we said in the May 26th statement, ‘Impersonation, multiple voting and endless altercations and associated tension will be eliminated at the voting centres with the use of e-card reader and not by any other means. Also, the e-card reader will ensure the automatic recording of all accredited voters with verified permanent voter’s cards in such a way that does not lend itself to manipulation, thus preventing the falsification of results at the collation centres’,” APC said.

The party challenged INEC to put its money where its mouth is by using October’s Governorship Election in Adamawa State to test the measures that will ensure credible elections in 2015, including barring hooded security personnel, taking charge of the security men and women to be deployed for the election and using e-card reader to forestall
electoral fraud.

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)

Lagos, Aug. 25th 2014


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  • redeem

    Janjaweed Lai Mohamed is confused————————only a thief will be scared of the security—at night——an evil minded person will always run as soon as he sees the police—-but a law abiding citizen will never be scared of a hooded police man or DSS–time for Lai Mohamed to tell us if Aregbeshola did bribe DSS people with 14m——————-Jega said the presence of the police–even the hooded DSS officers- encouraged the voters to troop to the polling stations–so what is lai mohamed saying here again–i do not understand why APC is afraid of the police-army ati DSS————–can somebody explain why they have become allergic to the law enforcement agents—is it because of their boko haram ideas

    • alao

      #Georges Ruggiu of Nigeria

  • redeem

    The Department for State SECURITY Services (DSS) said the rejection of N14
    Million from governor Rauf Aregbeshola and the All Progressives Congress
    (APC) by its operatives in Osun state is responsible for the recent MEDIA
    ATTACK on the on the DSS.

    Spokesperson of the DSS Marilyn Ogar MADE the revelation today while
    briefing newsmen in Abuja TODAY.

    “The APC is making unfounded allegations on the DSS because our OPERATIVE
    rejected at total of N14 million extended to its officials.

    “They had requested the DSS to come and COLLECT N4 million for himself
    while N10 Million should be given to the boys , but our OPERATIVES
    rejected the offer.”

    ” Politicians can not entice our operatives with MONEY , we are well paid
    by the federal government so no body can entice us with MONEY no matter
    the amount. We are paid upfront before embaking on such operations; we
    spent N200 million preparing for the election so let no politician think
    they can entice us with MONEY.-

    • redeem

      LEADERSHIP of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-East, comprising governors, senators, ministers, state chairmen, among others, in an emergency meeting on Sunday, rejects in its entirety, the recent announcement of the posting and PROMOTION in the Nigeria Police.

      Speaking with journalists at the end of the emergency meeting, the PDP publicity secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, said after along hours of deliberation by the stakeholders, the party said “we are worried about the announcement of the posting and PROMOTION in the Nigeria Police,” while it called on the Nigeria Police Commission to revisit the promotion, in the spirit of equality and federal character.

      The party also rejected the alleged allocation of 8,000 polling units to the zone by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), adding that it was a dis-service to the zone.

      Members also asked President Goodluck Jonathan to recontest in 2015, while it also asked INEC to extend the REGISTRATION exercise.

      • redeem

        nanakumo–an AIGP is now in charge of dogs and horse—-cause of his ijawness in the police force———–

        • alao

          Mr redeem, abi na #Georges Ruggiu you be.

          • redeem

            complete am now–i be wahala 4 una abi

        • Efe1

          Na like this weyreyism take dey start. Only you dey write dey reply yourself. Real kolomental.

          • redeem

            u see different name there-apart from redeem

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Jega may have finally woken up!