Postponing 2015 elections saved Nigeria huge embarrassment – PDP

Olisa Metuh, Spokesman, PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has said that contrary to reactions that the postponement of the February election dates was injurious to Nigeria’s democracy, unfolding events, especially the prevalent huge deficit in the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) have shown that the development rather saved the nation and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a huge embarrassment.

The PDP said all lovers of democracy should appreciate those who raised the alarm that led to the postponement as any election on the earlier scheduled February 14 and 28 dates would have been chaotic and far from fair and credible as over 23 million registered voters would have been disenfranchised for no fault of theirs.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Friday said “the fact that millions of Nigerians are still struggling to receive their PVCs a week after the February 14th date, clearly shows that the commission would have been thoroughly embarrassed had it gone ahead with the elections on that day.

“As at February 7, a week to the rescheduled elections, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega announced that only 45, 829, 808 representing 66.58 percent of the total number of registered voters have received their PVCs. INEC’s records also showed that 1.3 million cards were yet to be delivered by the printers while 1.1 million stolen cards were yet to be replaced as at that date.

“Whereas INEC gave the impressions that all processes including the PVC distribution will be perfected before February 14, it is disturbing that a week after that date, millions of Nigerians are still struggling to receive their cards, which confirms the fears that the commission was not truly ready for the election in February in spite of its posturing.

“Also, had the commission gone ahead with the polls on February 14, non-indigenes who were being denied their PVCs in select states such as Lagos and Kano would also have been disenfranchised. The shift gave INEC the time to tackle the issue, which led to the sacking of two of its culpable adhoc staff members in Lagos state.

“Furthermore, while briefing the Senate on Wednesday, the INEC Chairman had acknowledged that the postponement was a blessing in disguise which affords the commission and other stakeholders an ample opportunity to perfect all processes for credible elections.

“In Prof Jega’s words, ‘the period of extension has offered us an opportunity to further perfect the electoral process for the delivery of free, fair credible and peaceful elections to the satisfaction of the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians. We hope that all stakeholders will continue to join hands with the commission to turn this disappointment into a blessing to our country. We believe that the effective utilization of this period of extension will enable INEC to have a flawless and near perfect conduct of elections’.

“We note that what is paramount for our nation at this point remains the conduct of credible, free and fair elections where all registered voters are given equal opportunity to exercise their franchise. We therefore urge all stakeholders to put the overall interest of the nation ahead of other considerations and desist from making unguarded statements or jumping into hasty conclusions regarding the preparations for the general elections”, the party said.

The PDP also restated its readiness for elections adding that with its array of credible candidates, numerous achievements and support of Nigerians, it is assured of emerging victorious at the polls.


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  • igbiki

    Yes o! It saved us the huge embarrassment of an incumbent loosing so massively.

    Now dem go take just small margin loose after dem don finish their magomago.

    Me I still dey laugh o.

  • Maitama Tambari

    Olisa Metuh, really? Do you think so? PDP, Security Chiefs and the Presidency messed up cooperate Nigeria and you think the postponement saved Nigeria a huge embarrassment? When was date 28-02-15 fixed? A year, two years, or two and half years? Do not blame INEC because it has been your stock in trade. You are the biggest embarrassment. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

  • Ologun David

    Jega is a failure, today in Enugu the reader failed to recognize the finger prints of all the PVC holders that was used to test run it. Jega is a disgrace.

  • Victor Gee

    In Ogun state, about 600,000 PVCs meant for another state was sent to Ogun state. In Cross River the same. And Jega claimed he was ready. What a shame to INEC. Jega lied to nigerians in order to rig Buhari in with an I’ll prepared election.

    But God has exposed him.

  • Etang Chris

    Jega is a desaster. Do u know that about 1.5 million PVCs have not been printed and Jega was busy lying to nigerians that he was ready. What did APC do to Jega that they hypnotized him into losing his integrity and chose loss as the only means to adopt the wicked famous nigeria factor.

  • inuwa kate

    With all these complaints coming from different states and localities, how would this election have been held on Feb 14. In fact I thank the military for forcing Jega to do the needful. Maybe Nigeria would be in flame if he insisted and went ahead to announce Buhari which was their original plan.

  • inuwa kate

    Inec said the card reader takes up to 1 min to read one PVC,that is too long,by the time it will read up 300 PVCs,it will take the whole day,and also issue of battery,how long does the battery last?assuming it develops fault on the election day nko?

    • you are reasoning that way coz you are brilliant, but some fools wouldnt reason the way you are…….#GEJ4NAIJA

  • danjuma

    Even the card reader has failed to capture finger prints in some states. Hmmmmm may plunge Nigeria into crisis. He must be checkmated or outrightly removed.

  • Otile

    Buhari in London Hospital: I Have Been Vindicated-Fayose

    Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the All

    Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Major General
    Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) who travelled to the United Kingdom (UK) for
    medical treatment is being attended to at a London hospital,
    describing the medical trip as a vindication of his earlier stand that
    Buhari was sick and lacked the required capacity to rule Nigeria.

    He said; “as against the claim of the APC that Bihari was on a short
    working visit to the UK, Buhari is being treated at a hospital located
    at Cavendish Street, Cavendish Square, W2 London West End, London.”

    Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and
    New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor described claim by the APC that
    Buhari will give a talk at the Royal Institute of InternationalAffairs, Chatham House, London as “deceit taken too far.”

    He said; “The event listed on Royal Institute of International Affairs website; …chathamhouse.org/events
    to hold on February 23 and 24 is; ‘Security and Defence: Rising powers
    and the future of defence cooperation’ and Buhari’s name is not listed among the speakers.

    “For the avoidance of doubt; the event’s keynote speakers are; former
    Brazil Minister of Defence, Celsius Amorin; UK Parliamentary Under
    Secretary of State and Minister of Defence Equipment Support and
    Technology, Celsius Amorin; Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of
    Defence, General Sir Nicholas Houghton; Chief Executive of BAE System,
    Ian King and Secretary General, Cooperation Council for the Arab
    States of the Gulf, Dr Abdulatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani.

    “Apart from the above listed five persons, 25 others are listed as speakers.

    “So, in which Royal Institute of International Affairs’ event is Buhari participating as a speaker?

    “This is not to mock Buhari or wish him dead. Rather, it is to expose
    the falsehood of the APC and desperation of its leaders, especially
    Senator Bola Tinubu to foist another Yar’Adua saga on Nigeria.”

    The governor maintained; “The truth is that Buhari travelled out on
    Thursday to seek medicare in UK and he was attended to at a hospital located in Cavendish Street, Cavendish Square, W2 London West End, London on Friday.

    “If the APC people are saying otherwise, let them publish the picture
    of Buhari boarding the plane and granting interview to Aviation Correspondents at the Abuja Airport.

    “While I am happy that the APC people that are packaging Buhari
    finally hearkened to my plea that they should allow him (Buhari) to
    seek medicare abroad, I must say that it is unpatriotic for the APC
    to have lied that Buhari travelled on a working visit.

    “The party should be honest enough to tell Nigerians that Buhari is
    actually sick and lack capacity to rule Nigeria and that they are
    only packaging him, hoping that he will become incapacitated if he becomes president so that they
    can take over power by proxy.”

  • korona melvin

    THOSE THAT CAN SEE FROM NATIONAL INTEREST POINT OF VIEW WILL SEE THAT POSTPONING THE ELECTION WAS A BLESSING. THE LIVES OF EVERY NIGERIAN IS AS IMPORTANT NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE. MARCH ON FOR GOODLUCK JONATHAN …..VOTE GOODLUCK JONATHAN #GEJ4NAIJA

  • i agree with him…coz Nigeria would have just disgraced herself, because am sure the card readers would develop fault and there would be no Security…….good decision,….

  • favourtalk

    Yess, it saves the head of GEJ. He would have been crying or be in sober now, Nigeria is bigger than PDP. Election is not a do or die, if you do good, it wik follow you and if otherwise, let the people decide nit by bribing everyone around. We need change and we will use our PVC to get that