Presidency allegedly bribing small parties ahead INEC meeting Saturday 

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The Nigerian presidency is currently engaged in the bribery of small political parties who are billed to meet with the Independent National Electoral Commission Saturday to discuss possible postponement of the forthcoming elections, multiple sources in the presidency and in the parties have told PREMIUM TIMES.

A presidency source, who declined to be named for security reasons, said Friday night that presidency officials  are distributing between $30,000 to $50, 000 to the parties and asking them to push aggressively for the postponement of the elections on Saturday.

Our sources said apart from the smaller parties, government officials are reaching out to the resident electoral commissioners, who will also hold a separate meeting with Mr. Jega on Saturday.

“A large chunk of the dollars have also been budgeted to bribe some of the RECs to vote for the shifting of the election,” our source said.

Another source said the smaller parties have been asked to push for at least six weeks extension.

Presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, could not be reached to comment for this story. Calls to his telephone failed to connect.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, did not answer or return calls.

INEC has fixed separate meetings with chairmen and secretaries of all registered political parties, and resident electoral commissioners for Saturday to decide whether to go ahead with the general elections scheduled for February 14 and 28.

A statement Friday by Kayode Idowu, the spokesperson for the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, said after the meetings, “the Commission will address a press conference to brief the nation on its decision with regard to whether or not the general elections will hold as currently scheduled”.

Mr. Jega had on Thursday briefed the National Council of States on the preparedness of the Commission to conduct the 2015 general elections.

He made a presentation titled “Preparations for the 2015 General Elections: Progress Report”.

The National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the nation’s services chiefs also briefed the Council on the current security situation in the North-East.

Mr. Jega told the Council that his commission was in a better position to conduct election at present compared to its state of preparedness for the 2011 election.

“Compared with the 2011 General Elections, for instance, our systems are definitely more robust. We believe that we are ready for the elections as planned,” Mr. Jega said.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that convening of the meeting even after the Council of State gave the green light for the poll to go ahead was a result of intense pressure from the Federal Government.

The Electoral Act 2010 as amended recognizes INEC as the only body with powers to shift polls, often due to security concerns.

The Act however, requires the commission to only shift the polls in specific areas where there is no sufficient security to conduct the poll, except if the nation is at war

Section 26(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (amended) states that:

“Where a date has been appointed for the holding of an election, and there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on that date or it is impossible to conduct the elections as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies, the commission may postpone the election and shall in respect of the area, or areas concerned, appoint another date for the holding of the postponed election provided that such reason for the postponement is cogent and verifiable.”

Sixteen political parties and four presidential candidates have earlier in the week called for the postponement of the general elections, threatening a boycott should the elections hold as scheduled.

Among the parties who called for the postponement were United Democratic Party, UDP; the Citizen Peoples Party, CPP; the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN; the Action Alliance, AA; the Peoples Democratic Congress, PDC; the Labour Party, LP; Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN; Alliance for Democracy, AD; the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP; the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP; and the Independent Democrat, ID.

The presidential candidates who want the election dates moved are Sam Ekeh of CPP, Anifowose Kelani of AA, and Ganiyu Galadima of ACPN.

However, 10 other parties on Thursday also addressed a press conference rejecting the call for postponement by the 16 other parties.

The 10 parties are the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM; African Peoples Alliance, APA; KOWA Party; Mega Progressives Peoples Party, MPPP; Social Democratic Party, SDP; African Democratic Congress, ADC; Hope Democratic Party, HDP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP; United Progressives Party, UPP; and Accord Party, AP.


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  • endingNaija

    I just want to know. When the campaign started, the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Team announced a 20 Billion Naira Campaign Fund. My question is: Is bribing other parties and INEC officials what the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign using the 20 Billion Naira for? This is just a question. Anyone can please kindly help with answer(s)

    • Otile

      Omọ àle, are you not the same useless fellow posing as Fesun insulting me?
      Mama yin is panṣágà obinrin .

  • Spoken word

    PDP party members are traitors.they want to take this country back 20 years.The Almighty in his infinite wisdom will not let it happen.

  • King Carlos

    It’s now obvious that the attempted assassination of Buhari was masterminded by the same set of people behind poll shift. They are so scared of a Buhari presidency that they are ready to plung the country into a constitutional crisis.

    I have observed that if a good man that means well for the people is about to attain the position of leadership, some evill forces usually find ways to scuttle the process. This is a fight for all Nigerians, Jonathananians, Buharists and Fencists.

    If Buhari is going to lose, they should let him lose the through the ballot box, and not drag our democracy through this hard road of uncertainty.

    I

  • The chief achievement of Jonathan government is escalating CORRUPTION. You can believe Jonathan is planning to bribe other parties, INEC officials, military officials, anything that moves to scuttle the February 14, 2015 elections.

  • Watchtower

    Why elections may not hold on February 14th

    The elephant in the room is General Buhari’s WAEC school certificate.
    No ballot papers can be printed reflecting his name and his party (APC),
    unless Muhammadu Buhari shows a copy or the original WASC certificate
    Before then, INEC cannot lawfully print ballot papers for Saturday’s election.

    The Nigerian Army makes the following inferences strong enough; namely:

    • Muhammadu Buhari did NOT sit for school certificate WAEC exam.
    • Muhammadu Buhari did NOT complete secondary school education.
    • Muhammadu Buhari applied to the Army in 1961 based on a personal letter.
    • That personal letter was signed by a person purporting to be School Principal.
    • The Principal did NOT write to say Muhammadu Buhari has a school certificate.
    • All the Principal stated is that Buhari should pass school certificate if he took it.
    • There is no evidence whatsoever that Buhari later took the WASC examination.
    • That letter was accepted by the Army in 1961 for Buhari’s admission as an officer.
    • Under the 1999 Constitution the Principal’s letter is NOT equivalent to school cert.

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      Their stiff opposition makes Buhari looks stronger every day as Nigerians are now determined to go vote for him regardless of any scandals thrown at him by his political enemies. Nigerians just want a change by all means. The Igbos as a block are going to suddenly find themselves being forced into isolation and into the opposition against their own will. That is why the Buhari victory is going to cause a major re-alignment of forces in Nigeria. The last two weeks to the election will witness many mercenary politicians decamping from the PDP into the APC in droves. I will remind you when the panic begins.JKL

    • Omooodua

      A SIMPLE QUESTION NEEDS ONLY A SIMPLE ANSWER
      NO LONG GRAMMAR, NO EXCUSES, NO RAMBLING AGAIN:

      • Dr. Williams

        Editor Premium Times,

        Nigerians can be supercilious. Just imagine someone sitting in his chair
        and dictating that it’s okay to deprive 20 million people of a right to vote.
        Imagine that arrogance! Who has the right to dis-enfranchise anyone?

        Not to talk of 20 million citizens. The question these badly educated fellows
        can’t or don’t ponder is: “What is in Professor Jega’s pedigree to suggest
        he can deliver 20 million plus machine-readable voter cards in just one week,
        after he’s already disproved it by not being able to do so in three years?”

        • Otile

          The mallam is corrupt. Everyone in Islamic APC have received his/her/its PVC. He is trying to deny other parties their legitimate votes.

          Don’t forget he has already registered aliens, cows and goats. They are now waiting for their imaginary victory.

          Mai gaskiya my foot.

          • dkb

            do you have problem with the religion or apc?

          • Otile

            APC is the political wing of Isalmic Boko Haram.
            Do you like Boko Haram?

          • dkb

            you are a confused person. now you brought boko haram to it. no feed to dialogue with you further.

          • Otile

            What is your confusion? Tell me the difference between APC and Boko Haram. Let us dialogue, who knows you may be able learn if you mind is not totally closed.

          • Otile

            What is your confusion? Tell me the difference between APC and Boko
            Haram. Let us dialogue, who knows, you may be able to learn if your mind is
            not totally closed.

          • Tunsj

            You’re insane.

          • Otile

            Aṣiwèrè.

          • Tunsj

            You are really SICK in the head.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Aliens and human beings do not dialogue, @Otile.

            You need to become a human being first!

          • Tunsj

            Nonsense talk.

          • Otile

            Nonsense response.

          • samiis

            try to comment constructively, please. that’s has been the major challenge we keep having in the country.

    • Peter Perceival

      Have you settled the perjury issue with Jonathan? Has he demonstrated that he actually obtained a PhD from University of Port Harcourt?

    • Emmanuel G H Fiberesima

      Are you sure you are in this country and you listened to the NA press release. Do you also understand the Electoral Law, INEC does not have the power not to print APC on its ballot papers. Buhari is qualified to contest the election there’s nothing anybody can do including Mr. PRESIDENT, it’s only the court that has such power and no court had said so the last time I checked.

  • Wähala

    If Prof. Jega caves in and postpones the scheduled elections, he can forget about ever conducting any elections in Nigeria again because he will be ordered to proceed on early retirement. That would give the PDP and corrupt Dumbo breathing space to shop for a more “amendable” umpire to orchestrate their riggings. If he has common sense, he should postpone the elections in hot zones since security seems to be their only viable reason and concern. No where in the world has 100% of registered voters ever voted even in the best and safest democracies known to man, and in Nigeria, never have more than 36million votes been cast in any previous elections… thus, with almost 50million PVC’s in the hands of voters, it’s just crass expectation that all 50m will vote much less the 68million registered voters. Regardless how you cut the cake, it will never be evenly distributed between North/South or regions. Jega should do the right thing and allow Nigerians to get this over it once and for all. Enough of this high-tension of, to-be or not-to-be gimmicks… Nonsense!

  • Preco01

    Attahiru Jega, you must stay resolute, do not let failing politicians and failed blood sucking “elders” and Jezebels take away whatever credibility you have acquired over the years. Stay on the side of Nigeria, stay on the side of history.

    • Mr. Abdin

      You are right.

  • kings

    Wth all this I see our election been postponed

  • kings

    All Nigerians should protest, until the date is not change, APC PLEASE don’t allow it to happen, all Nigerians hope is in your hands

  • anneedu

    Postpone or not, just vote right

  • mk

    If ever or wat Eva way this election is postponed JEGA will sure be forced or prostrated to resign..PLAN B of PDP is still atlarge.GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY..

  • Yusuf

    the intention of this people is not good which, there is no reason to postpone any election; infact we should be hoping for this election to come and pass so that the whole tension will go down..I hope they will not take us 32years backward or more

  • richkid

    It’s a pity, let me announce to you that you can’t deceive us again. GEJ is a diplomat, he uses diplomacy not bribery or force like one man will always do. GEJ is democracy himself he doesn’t bribe.

    • Ahmed

      GEJ a democrat indeed! I don die with laughter!!

    • New Nigerian

      You obviously have not seen the audio clip where his rigging-machine-through-bribery-and-coercion was deliberating on Ekiti Gubernatorial election. Jonathan eats, breathes, sleeps and walks bribery

  • Sunday Beze

    It will be a huge disappointment to nigerias and the world at large know this an election that the time table have been concluded over a year so what is the excuses giving for the postponement of the election no reason all they want is to look 4 time and plan how to rigg the election noting more bcos that has always been there tactics badluck is a disgrace to Nigeria Africa and the world at large

  • Okey

    For me, I demand that politicians insisting on February 14 MUST recall ALL their children abroad back to Nigeria before February 14 and show them on national television for Nigerians to see, if they are to be taken seriously.

    And let me warn my generation again: A generation caused crisis and civil war when they were young and that their thoughtless act cost this nation over three (3) million lives lost to the civil war that that generation caused. Members of that generation are now very old; some of them still do not realize the need to leave our generation alone run our own affairs; they and their civilian allies still want to drag us along to their graves. It is our patriotic duty to resist them from throwing our dear country into another chaos and civil war. They have spent their time. They should allow us enjoy and spend our own in peace.

  • favourtalk

    We won’t go back on election misuse and mispractice, we can’t just continue with GEJ administration that is killing hundreds of souls, we need change in nigeria and we can’t just go on a fail mission, we need a transforming president. We need change

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    That attitude was not unexpected on the part of the Nigerian presidency. Worst still is the decision making style of Mr Attahiru Jega the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission. Does his decision process flow from the bottom up from his commissioners or from the national chairman to the state chairmen.?

  • Contact Point

    I just want to believe that Jega is not out to rubbish himself by falling to the antics of PDP and the plunders of our commonwealth. I hope Jega would be our new Humphrey Nwosu who even with gun on his head went ahead with the elections and announcement of results during the June 12 1993 elections when Association of Bad (Better) Nigeria led by Nzeribe sort court other to scuttle the elections. I pray Jega would ensure his name is written in gold in the history book of this great nation that has been left pauperized by PDP.

  • Papashango77

    Kangaroo political parties. When u have such meaningless parties what do u expect. The hope of the people rest solely on Jega’s shoulders and the people will hold him accountable for truncating of the will of the people. GEJ has a wicked plan and as soon as this election is shifted to a later date then things will begin to unfold. May God help us!

  • SAM .A

    Professor Attairu Jega, history is becokoning on you today, to place your name on a platter of gold, or ashes from wood, to chronicle your courage and ability to stand on firm solid ground, or Lily lever heart who chickens out in days of challenges.
    You are at the center of this storm , definitely you are theonly one who can save the situation , if you do the right thing when you look back you will see the people behind you, as a victor , if you compromise and change the date , you will never be able to conduct this election, because you will be removed like Sanusi the Emir of Kano . The once courageous and hardworking man will be rubbished .
    The choice is yours.

  • Joe

    Do not believe everything you read in Premium times please, particularly when it has to do with the jonathan’s administration.