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June 23, 2018

National Assembly notorious for bribery – Jega

… It’s pot calling kettle black – lawmakers A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, on Monday knocked the National Assembly, claiming that its members indulged in unbridled corruption. Particularly, he slammed committee chairmen in Senate and House of Representatives who he said engaged in the act with impunity in the course of carrying out oversight function. He expressed dismay that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was focusing its anti-corruption war on embezzlement and theft rather than tackling bribe giving and taking in states and federal government institutions, “The fight against corruption has to be intensified in…

Jega blast universities producing bread, ‘pure water’

Former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has criticized universities for engaging in bread and sachet water production to generate funds. Jega, who is the Pro-Chancellor, Plateau State University, Bokkos, spoke at the opening of the three-day 2016 Nigerian Higher Education Summit on Monday in Abuja. Acknowledging that the crisis of funding in Nigerian universities is acute, Jega insisted that the primary responsibility of funding universities is that of government. He said, “Putting universities in such a dire situation where they have to be doing things like producing and selling sachet water is sad; frankly, it…

Buhari appoints Acting Chairman for INEC as Jega Quits

  President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mrs Amina Bala Zakari as the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) following the conclusion of the term of Office of Prof. Attahiru Jega. This was announced in a statement Tuesday by Haruna R Imrana, director communications ,office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation According  to the statement, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Barr. Danladi Kifasi who conveyed the appointment in a letter, said it is with effect from 30th June 2015 until the appointment of a substantive Chairman. Mrs. Zakari is presently a National…

Drama in Enugu as INEC card reader fails to function

There was a mild drama on Wednesday at the Enugu office of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) when the card reader for accreditation failed to function, raising further doubts about preparations ahead the elections. The drama started when the Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, who took time to explain INEC’s preparation for the conduct of elections in the state to show newsmen how the card reader would be used during accreditation. For the next 30 minutes the machine, which was being tested on the staff of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), failed to identify and authenticate that…

Buhari’s supporters warn against removing Jega

Buhari Support Organization (BSO), the umbrella body of all voluntary groups working for the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has warned against any attempt to change the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Such alteration, it said, would amount to tampering with the credibility of the elections and the independence of the commission. The group also alerted to plots by President Goodluck Jonathan and his supporters to bring back the inglorious days of the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) by using the courts to scuttle the elections. Addressing a news conference…

Protest against postponment of February General Election

WHY WE SHIFTED POLLS –JEGA News Credit: Sunnewsonline The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof At­tahiru Jega, yesterday gave security reason for the postponement of the February 14 and 28 elections to March 28 and April 11 for the Presidential/National Assembly and Governorship/State Assembly elections respectively. His words: “There are quite a number of issues in the conduct of elections, the most critical of which is security matter which is not under the control of INEC.” Jega said the commission arrived at the decision after wide consultations with all the relevant stakeholders, including political parties, security chiefs,…

Should we postpone the Election?

That is the question!  Our general elections are due in 13 days and the national body charged with the responsibility of planning and organising the process is apparently not ready. There are several reasons to doubt INEC’s preparedness: many registered voters have yet to get their Permanent Voters Cards, (PVC); the stunning discrepancy between what INEC is saying in the media and what is happening on ground, especially here in Imo-State is confusing; the verification exercise and new registration exercises were shabbily handled; the Zinox computers used for the programme were packing up frequently; the rumoured INEC machines to be…

2015: Jonathan gives Jega marching order on PVCs

President Goodluck Jonathan has given Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, the marching order to ensures all registered Nigerians get their permanent voters cars to enable them vote their preferred candidates in the February elections. Criticisms, lamentations and anger have continued to train the distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to Nigerians by INEC with many accusing the commission of deliberately planning to disenfranchise them from voting in the coming elections. The President gave the order when he swore in the new INEC Commissioner, Prof. Akinola Murtala Salau, National Commissioner representing Oyo State member of the commission….

How to save Nigeria in 2015

The ‘Ember’ month quickly reminds us that the year is gradually coming to an end and we are heading into a new 2015, another year of Nigeria’s general elections. Already in the country, the different political parties have begun their rallies with their political jingles and posters all over the place and with each party aiming to emerge victorious. As we look towards the elections, it is worth noting that Nigeria is facing several issues that have been left unaddressed, ranging from insecurity to the current spread of Ebola virus that has threatened to exterminate the people. In view of…

2015: INEC notifies parties on timetable

In line with the provision of the Electoral Act, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday formally gave a notification for the 2015 general elections to political parties, signaling its preparedness for the poll. The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, said the commission is by the virtue of Section 30 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) expected to issue a notice for the elections not later than 90 days before the date of the election. He said the timetable for the election which had been released since the beginning of this year was…

2015: JEGA’S CALCULUS AND THE MATRIX OF IGBO MARGINALIZATION (2)

DISTRIBUTION OF INEC’s NEW POLLING UNITS Proposed 30,000 polling Units North                 = 21,615 South                   = 8412   Zonal Breakdown North West          =7906 North East            =5291 North central       =6318 FCT                     = 1200 South west           = 4160 South south         = 3087 South East            = 1167     According to him, the development has given an average voter density of 590 persons per polling unit. The INEC chairman stated that the commission arrived at the units it distributed from the 150, 000 by dividing the total number of registered voters a state has by 500 which is the commission’s approved number of voters…

INEC blacklists Imo over Electoral violence

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would not conduct elections in Imo State until the violence and unruly conduct by some politicians that led to the inconclusiveness of the Oguta constituency in the State Assembly re-run on June 29, 2013 are addressed by politicians in the state. Chairman of the electoral body, Prof. Attahiru Jega announced this at the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room organized by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC). Jega, who insisted that eight polling units remained canceled, indicted officials of Imo State Government and some members of the National Assembly for flouting the…