Ijaw youth council tackles Jega

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega ... Photo Credit:234NEXT

The Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, has described a proposal by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to create 21,000 additional polling units for northern Nigeria as against the slightly above 8, 000 given to the south as a “political coup” against the south.

The council said the move is designed to perpetually give northern Nigeria political advantage over the south.

In a statement issued by its spokesman, Eric Omare, Saturday, the youth council alleged that with the 2015 general elections around the corner, the plan was to deliberately cause instability in the country.

“It is common knowledge that in Nigeria, the more polling units that is allocated to a particular area automatically results in more voting population whether the population exists or not,” the group said.

The IYC described the allocation as “lopsided” and said the explanation offered by the Chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, is “feeble” and shows that “there is no justification for the so much disparity in the number of additional polling units between the south and north other than a hidden agenda to politically empower Northern Nigeria”.

The electoral body had announced the creation of more than 21,000 new polling units for the north and more than 8,000 for the south, saying the decision was based on the number of registered voters in the two regional blocs.

But Mr. Jega has come under intense criticism from southern geopolitical zones and who accuse him of bias, and have called for his resignation.

Mr. Jega rejects the call, saying critics are not well informed about details of the distribution.
The Ijaw Youth Council, the umbrella body of all Ijaw youth organizations, accused the INEC chairman of a hidden agenda against southern Nigeria.

“The case of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, with less voting population having more polling units than the whole of South East is a clear case in point. Also, is Professor Jega telling Nigerians that the North West has more or equal voting population with the whole of Southern Nigeria?” the group asked Saturday.

“Furthermore, the arrogant posture of Prof. Jega in responding to the call for his resignation by the leaders of Southern Nigeria clearly shows that he is carrying out an orchestrated agenda by vested interest in the North to destabilise the country and the Jonathan administration ahead of the 2015 elections.

“Prof. Jega has no justification to defend this patently biased and potentially dangerous proposal to politically empower the North to the detriment of the South, if not to destabilise the country,” the statement read.

The group said Mr. Jega has violated his oath of office, and called on President Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate to remove Mr. Jega from office.


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  • Amaka

    Idle Youth Council – none has a job except oil theft and political meetings. Nonsense.

  • Don M.

    Gaskiya, i have to confess I don’t really how this wide difference is justifiable by any form of analysis.
    Abeg make una tackle am jor…if u miss the ball, don’t miss….the leg.

  • Jones

    Idiotic Youth Council, Incompetency Youth Council. INEC have always allocated 99.9% votes to Jonathan and PDP in the South East and the born-to-hate South South. What do they need pooling booths for? Their figure can be written in the comfort of the private jet of the pastoral Calculations Association of Nigeria (CAN). With vote figures greater than the registered number of voters in that region, who needs an election?

    • redeem

      @wahala—————only —–ibo/fulani barbarian ————would back Jega on this—————–Jega insulted the entire Ibo race in the south east——–he even allocated more than 4,000 PU to the Yorubas in the south west————have u seen——–APC make any noise about the method put in place by the Fulanis via Jega to rig the election—–Not a word from APC—————till date————the question is what happens if the 500 voters expected at every polling unit in the North do not turn up——————then the janjaweeds in boko haram ati the fulani politicians would award marks to themselves abi————————-

    • 9jaIsFinished

      Of course what do you expect from a bunch of sycophants. This lunatics have never condemned the continious oil spills in the Niger Delta, underdevelopment, unemployement etc, but only come our to talk crap that makes no sense. Jokers!!

  • redeem

    Jega must go———————-period—————where is the voice of APC in all these mess

  • redeem

    Yesterday the ijaw nation kept quiet over national issues————–because of their inferiorized brains may be–by the tripod—–that was why the fulani north refused to give them resource control———abrogate the land use decree ——-they tricked obasanjo into promulgating————–together with the petroleum acts———now they have perfected another rigging method—————–to enable them take control of the oil wells————–until the ijaw nation secedes ——brother me truth is bitter——————–they will chew stones after the departure of Jonathan–even with Jonathan they are not finding it easy———not when he leaves——————–they will be forced to fight for every ball of akara again-just wait and see—————every LGA has the right to vamoose into the quiet corners of their God given resources-

  • 9jaIsFinished

    This Eric Omare and his IYC are just a bunch of clueless lunatics like their paymaster Jonathan!

    • sharp shape

      Why don’t you guys just secede and allocate one million polling booth in arewaganistan ! So you can have your caliphate ?

      • 9jaIsFinished

        Very petty and myopic response.

  • Nelson Ekujumu

    Now the plot thickens, but let’s see how far they can go with this show of shame after all, the Nigerian state belongs to all Nigerians and not some people or group who only find their voice on national issues only if they are prodded by their kinsman occupying the Presidency. We are watching.

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