Civil society condemn call for postponement of election

Former National Security Adviser - Sambo Dasuki

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has expressed concern over the call for the postponement of the February 2015 Nigeria general elections by Sambo Dasuki, Presidential Adviser on National Security.

Mr. Dasuki, at a briefing in Chatham House, London on Thursday, 23rd January 2015, called for the postponement of the elections, which according to him is to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC), distribute millions of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to the voters.

The report also claimed that Mr. Dasuki had told the Chairman of INEC that a postponement within the three months allowed by the law would be a good idea.

Reacting to the call by Mr. Dasuki, the Situation Room described the suggestion as an unnecessary interference in the independence of INEC as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution, stating that dates for the elections can only be set by INEC.

The chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, at a recent meeting with Civil Society Organizations, had assured that every effort would be made to ensure that intending voters collect their PVCs before the February elections.

The Situation Room called on the political parties and civic groups including religious organizations, labour unions, to mobilize citizens to pick up their PVCs in the centres designated by INEC.

Situation Room called on INEC to put in place every measure to ensure unhindered and speedy distribution of any outstanding and uncollected PVCs.

“We continue to urge INEC to update the public on PVC distribution in States that have been most impacted by delays,” the group said in a statement signed by Clement Nwankwo, the Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre.

Situation Room called on Nigerians to go out en-masse to collect their PVCs, and prepare to cast their votes for candidates of their choice in the upcoming general elections.

The Situation Room is made up of Civil Society Organizations working in support of credible and transparent elections in Nigeria and includes such groups as Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), CLEEN Foundation, Action Aid Nigeria, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Enough is Enough Nigeria, Wangonet, Partners for Electoral Reform and Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA). Others are Development Dynamics, Human Rights Monitor, Election Monitor, Reclaim Naija, Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, CITAD, CISLAC and several other CSOs numbering more than 60.


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  • January August

    Why is President Jonathan so desperate to remain in power? I can understand Fani-Kayode’s passion for twisting the truth, because Jonathan has promised him to thwart the case hanging on his neck, which Festus Keyamo has exposed. The truth is that Buhari was educated up to Secondary certificate level as required by the Constitution, and the Honorable Justice Umaru Abdullahi and Mr Coomassie (former IGP) have confirmed that. Why are some Nigerians still falling for PDP desperation and lies. It was this style of lying by PDP against Dr. Kayode Fayemi that made Ekiti to mistakenly vote for Ayo Fayose, who is so full of himself as to tender a sincere apology to Buhari and the families of the 2 former heads of state and the great president of Nigeria, Umaru Yar’dua, he insulted with his evil advertorial announcing the imminent death of Buhari, forgetting that life and death is in God’s hand, and that he MAY even die before Buhari. Why has Fani-Kayode not responded to the credible testimonies of the two classmates of Buhari? Why can’t PDP approach the court of law to nail Buhari once and for all, if they are sure of their allegation? Few days ago, Fani-Kayode said PDP would hand over Buhari to God if he refused to hand over himself to the police for immediate interrogation and subsequent prosecution in court for PERJURY. Now it is FORGERY again! Therefore, at least 2 count charges to nail Buhari are already on ground then! How come that Fani-Kayode and PDP have suddenly become believers in God’s justice when they have been making use of Nigeria’s courts of justice to resolve controversies in the past? IT’S SIMPLY BECAUSE HE AND PDP KNOW THEY ARE ONLY LOOKING FOR WAYS TO PULL BUHARI DOWN. NIGERIANS, PDP IS DESPERATE TO RETAIN POWER! SINCE PDP HAVE FAILED US, LET’S TRY APC THIS TIME AROUND AND SEE WHAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER. 4 YEARS ARE ENOUGH FOR THEM TO SHOW WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE THE CHANGE NIGERIANS REALLY NEED, OR THAT WE SHOULD SEARCH FOR ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE AFTER THEIR 4 YEARS IN ASO ROCK. HOWEVER, MY ONLY ADVICE, OR ONE OF MY PIECES OF ADVICE TO BUHARI, IS THIS: WHEN YOU GET TO ASO ROCK, TAKE ONE STEP FORWARD BUT TWO BACKWARDS IN YOUR DEALINGS WITH CHIEF OBASANJO!!! Pls, Nigerians, don’t agree on postponement. Dasuki and PDP are only looking to buy time in order to manufacture and sell more lies against Buhari. SIMPLE!!!

  • Ette

    Nigerians say No to any postponement suggestion. PDP and GEJ want to destroy our nation to satisfy their wicked desire to hold unto power. They are sponsoring all manners of crises including boko haram to make sure election does not hold. Let no one be deceived PDP instigated the Bauchi stoning of president convoy as part of their wicked scheme and they will repeat that in the south. Nigerians have totally rejected GEJ and PDP because he and his wicked party have irreparably damaged our national pride and have consigned many to ocean of poverty and early grave. Whether he conducts election or not, he must leave by May 2015. QED.

  • Etomi

    If the Feb 14 date is sacrosanct for the general election to hold, it would be the earliest that elections would hold in Nigeria since the dawn of the Fourth Republic…
    And even if the election date is shifted by a month, say, to hold in March 14, it would still be the earliest that elections would hold in Nigeria since 1999..
    So I ask: Is there any thing legally, morally or fundamentally wrong with adjusting, for practical reasons, the election date by just a month???
    Aside from the obvious that many eligible voters have yet to collect their PVCs, which makes suggestion for extension of time to accomplish at least 80% coverage tenable, I hope you are aware that the courts are currently not sitting because of judicial workers’ strike, and this development holds grave implication for the polity ahead and beyond the elections….
    Grave implication, I repeat!!!!!
    There are many politicians, including Buhari I dare say, with baggage, who are currently under investigation, or of whom investigations have established sleaze and criminality against them, that ought to have been brought before the courts before the election..
    Right now, however, you just can’t file any application challenging them, let alone have the courts sit for hearing applications, because of the current lock down, whose end-date no-one really knows!!!!
    Do you have any idea of the grave injustice you would have done to persons with genuine reasons, and with locus standi, to contest their ambition?
    Take the solemnization of marriage for example…
    Even convention and the Law recognize the justice or justness of pronouncing the bans of marriage before the priest declares a couple man and wife….
    To that extent, I ask: Do you have any idea of what in judicial parlance is referred to as pre-election matters???
    How do we go into an election with all the courts in Nigeria not in sitting, not hearing the genuine grievance or arguments of claimants against politicians seeking elective offices?
    What then happens to pre-election matters?
    You mean they would cease to exist during this period, given that the courts are in a lock down owing to the strike action by judicial workers?
    Do you know what grave injustice you would have done to those who have genuine reasons to challenge the ambition of politicians with questionable characters going into this election???
    Do you know that if you cannot at least file (not hear) a pre-election matter before an election, the courts cannot sit to hear it even after the election???
    So, what we would have are politicians with shady character coasting home unchallenged and unchallengeable…
    Is that good for justice or the health and integrity of our fledgling democracy????
    I strongly believe that the call for the election date to be adjusted by at least a month is healthy, practical and patriotic….
    The doors of our courts must be flung open now!!!
    The machinations of shadowy politicians, who apparently are the puppet masters of the strike, furtive as the are, must be frustrated now!!!!
    For superior patriotic reasons, the so-called judicial workers must sheath their swords, call off the strike, and save our democracy!!!!!
    Otherwise, there is no basis going into this election with the untoward development…

  • Otile

    Which Buhari are people talking about nowdays?

    Mohamed Buhari on the forged certificate, or Muhammadu Buhari on the false affidavit?

  • chukwu smart

    Mr GEJ u ve every constitutional powers to shift d general election, for d fact dat some eligible voters has nt collected their pvc from inec, considering those dat has been under d continues attack of boko haram to provide them a conducive environment for dem to cast their vote for people’s president, GOD bless Mr president.