Jonathan campaign accuses Jega of plotting to rig Buhari into office

Femi Fani-Kayode

The Campaign office of President Goodluck Jonathan has accused the chairman of Independent national Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, of plotting to aid the opposition All Progressives Congress rig, APC, in the elections that are to hold March 28 and April 11.

The Spokesperson of the campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode, who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, said Mr. Jega had decided to aid the APC rig the forthcoming elections through the manipulation of the production, distribution and collection of PVCs.

“Emerging trends have consistently shown calculated attempts to deprive parts of the country that would traditionally vote for President Jonathan of their PVCs whilst the parts of the country that would traditionally vote for the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, are already armed with their PVCs,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.

The PDP campaign spokesperson also provided details of the PVCs distribution and collection across the six geo-political zones and thirty six states of the federation to back up his claims.

Mr. Fani-Kayode reiterated his earlier position that Mr. Jega was actually forced to shift the elections from their original dates of February 14 and 28 to March 28 and April 11 respectively, principally because of INEC’s inability to distribute the PVCs.

“The Commission had claimed substantial readiness for the general elections despite that as at 5th February 2015, the total number of PVCs collected was 45, 829, 808, representing 66.58% of the total number of registered voters.

“We had immediately commended the INEC on the grounds that the postponement would enable the 23 million eligible voters who had not collected their PVCs to do so before the new dates announced for the elections,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.

“But we have now realized how Professor Jega had disingenuously presented the reasons for the postponement of the elections at the press conference, making it look as if the problem was mainly security.

“We would like to say that the major issue that informed INEC’s decision was the deliberate attempt by the Commission to disenfranchise over 23 million eligible voters who are yet to collect their PVCs.

“The matter is that INEC has failed in its responsibility to produce and distribute PVCs to about 34 percent of registered voters who would require the cards to vote in the elections.

“This brings us to the issue of statistics of PVC distribution and collection, which we believe Professor Jega, as a person, acting in concert with some forces of retrogression, is playing games with,” he said.

Mr. Fani-Kayode then provided details of the PVCs distribution to buttress his points.

See the full table of the PVCs distribution and posers by Mr. Fani-Kayode below:

As at February 4, 2015

S/No.

States

Number of Registered Voters

Number of Cards Collected by Voters

Remarks

( a)

( b)

( c)

(d)

(e)

1

ABIA

1,396,162

1,073,799

76.91

2

ADAMAWA

1,559,012

1,073,799

80.68

3

AKWA-IBOM

1,680,759

1,328,714

79.05

4

ANAMBRA

1,963,173

1,222,002

62.25

5

BAUCHI

2,054,125

1,745,441

84.97

6

BAYELSA

610,373

386,125

63.26

7

BENUE

2,015,452

1,132,187

56.18

8

BORNO

1,934,079

1,320,667

68.28

9

CROSS RIVER

1,175,623

859,690

73.13

10

DELTA

2,275,264

1,556,476

68.41

11

EBONYI

1,074,273

714,351

66.50

12

EDO

1,779,738

1,062,370

59.69

13

EKITI

732,021

496,536

67.83

14

ENUGU

1,429,221

761,185

53.26

15

FCT

881,472

464,769

52.73

16

GOMBE

1,120,023

873,698

78.00

17

IMO

1,803,030

949,921

50.23

18

JIGAWA

1,831,276

1,460,620

79.76

19

KADUNA

3,407,222

2,976,628

87.36

20

KANO

4,975,701

3,190,417

64.11

21

KATSINA

2,827,943

2,245,303

79.40

22

KEBBI

1,470,648

1,232,357

83.80

23

KOGI

1,350,883

773,197


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