Jonathan Orders Jega To Ensure ​All ​Nigerian Voters Get PVCs Before Elections

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday ​directed the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, to ensure all eligible voters get their Permanent Voters Cards before the 2015 General Election.

The President gave the directive as he swore​ ​in the new National Commissioner representing Oyo State, Akinola Salau.

Mr. Jonathan said he was surprised to hear governors complain of non-availability of their voter cards and promised that no eligible Nigerian voter will disenfranchised.

“If governors are yet to get their voters cards of course that means that so many Nigerians are yet to get and people are a bit worried,” he said.

The President said he was pleased with the enthusiasm of Nigerians over the forthcoming 2015 elections.

“I am quite pleased because before 2011, no Nigerian will complain about voter card​s​ and that’s why when some politicians talk I just laugh. Before 2011 how many Nigerians complained about not having voters card because elections were not conducted with voters cards.

“Nobody cared, we are all adults in Nigeria and we knew what was happening. But some people came on board and sanitized electoral process but others want to take the glory. We have to commend ourselves that today ordinary Nigerians, biggest business men,​ religious leaders are complaining I want my voters card.

“So the chairman of INEC luckily you are here, all Nigerians must get voters cards, we cannot conduct an election where some people will not have the rights to vote.

“People must decide who rule​s​ them at all levels not just about​ ​presidential elections, at the lowest level of elections conducted by INEC – the state assembly elections, House of Representatives, Senate and Presidency. All Nigerians must vote and INEC must do everything possible to make sure that all Nigerians have their voters card because we cannot a situation where some Nigerians will not vote that day,” he said.

The President said new National Commissioner for Oyo State is a man of impeccable character and should have been sworn in long ago.

“These are the kind of people we want to put in INEC people with impeccable character.

“So Prof. We want to charge you to go and demonstrate clearly that you are somebody with an impeccable character and that you will do good to all Nigerians irrespective of anything,” the president said.

The Chairman of INEC had told journalists in Abuja that all registered voters will get their PVC’s before February 14.


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  • ola

    they care now because they want to use the card to chase you out of Govt. It is their weapon to fight your corrupt govt.

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  • Walter

    They are asking for their voters card because they are tired of your government and want to vote you out. Simple. Before people didn’t care because they knew you’ll win no matter what. This time it’s different.

  • Awarawa

    Some of you janjaweed e-rats just talk anyhow like someone whose senses have departed from them. Credit must be given to whom it’s due. GEJ changed the way elections are conducted in Nigeria. INEC of today is a far better than that of OBJ/Maurice Iwu’s days…

    • tundemash

      Why isn’t he taking the “credits” for the immigration deaths too ?
      Why isn’t he taking “credits” for the insecurity in Nigeria ?
      Why isn’t he taking “credits” for collapse of the “oluwole” ceasefire with Boko Haram ?

      • Rommel

        Because he is running a 419 government

      • Chane

        Don’t mind him. This is right time all Nigerians should wake up from their slumber and vote out GEJ because he is a disaster…

    • Mr. Abdin

      The FFK is a mad man as he has once confessed to be a mad man. That is why he cannot be seen as a normal person.

    • Chane

      Jonathan is not responsible for changing inec, Jega should take the credit …..

  • hummmm

    If this is the only thing this guy gets right by way of ppl demanding to vote, then good for the ppl.

  • Al

    Nigerians this is lip service to mislead, bcuz it’s has been program earlier to happen this way. FG deliberately starve inec funds to fustrate execution of it’s major projects (that wil not in support its rigging plans) ahead of general election, I.e pvc projects among others. Now it is 37 days to election still no kobo release and president is giving inec marching order, how wil inec perform the magic?? very very soon they wil issue another marching order for inec to dump pvc and revise to former register and thats the starting point of rigging plans. By God grace we will resist any attempt to rig this election.

  • Bidemi Lukman

    If GEJ cares to know, people are interested in having voters card to vote him out of Aso Rock

  • Comfortkay

    One time governor in Edo state made a statement whether you vote for me or not l will win the election and he won with the rigging maschine of PDP. Later he was disgraced for misused of state fund, let is becareful of the reason behind this statement of GEJ.

  • Mr. Abdin

    The actions of the PDP members in Rivers State is very unfortunate and i think they are confused and frustrated.

  • Rommel

    Thought they said this guy no longer takes hard drugs

    • E don do!

      General Obasanjo Lied mostly because…………

      Some people call themselves statesmen but they are not statesmen.
      They are just ordinary politicians. For you to be a statesman it is not
      because you have occupied a big office before but the question is:
      what are you bringing to bear?

      Are you building this country or are you a part of the people
      who tell lies to destroy this country, to create enmity and make
      people who ordinarily would have been living together, fight
      themselves? Are you planning to set the country ablaze
      because you did not get that particular thing you want?

      Hiding under some big names and creating a lot of problems
      in this country, making provocative statements in this country –
      statements that will set this country ablaze – and you tell
      me you are a senior citizen. You are not a senior citizen;
      you can never be. You are an ordinary motor park tout.

      ………..President Goodluck Jonathan

      (January 7th, 2014)

  • Mr. Abdin

    It seems our security agencies have started forgetting about their responsibilities and then resulted to unfortunate activity that is worrisome. Only God can save Nigeria.

  • favourtalk

    Is that not what that miss ogar who is still looking for husband to be taking care of? Instead of her running after registration papers of APC member in lagos state. We need a change from the hand of this self looted man/woman in the country. We deserve a better nation away from GEJ administration.

  • Olamide

    FFK repping madness since 1500BC

  • Chane

    This is is a cock and bull story. I have now believed that FFK has no focus…. Let him finish his case with EFCC before dabbling into blackmail. I have never seen a shameless politician as Ffk.