Why Jonathan, PDP are angry with Jega – Investigation

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There were revelations in Abuja on Monday on why President Goodluck Jonathan and the national leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party were angry with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega. A week-long investigation by our correspondent in Abuja showed that the President and his party are not happy with Jega over his insistence that the commission would use the Permanent Voter Cards for the election. The PVCs were used for the conduct of the governorship elections in both Ekiti and Osun states, which were won by the PDP and the All Progressives Congress respectively. Apart from this, the President and the party were also angry that the commission was going ahead with its decision to use card readers. This technology was however not used in both Ekiti and Osun states elections. The commission has said that the card reader can only read PVC issued by it and that any person that shows up at the polling unit without a PVC or with a card not issued by INEC will not be able to vote. It was learnt that the and the ruling party were not totally against the use of the PVCs, but they were not happy with the use of card readers. A worker in the Presidency who spoke with our correspondent on Sunday queried the insistence of INEC under the leadership of Jega to go ahead with the two items. He said, “Now, what we are saying is that yes, the PVCs were used in both Ekiti and Osun governorship elections but the way and manner the PVCs are being distributed now is suspicious. “Look at the figure of those who have collected from the northern part of the country and look at the figure from the southern part, where President Jonathan hails from. “If the election is going to be by ethnic sentiment alone, you will know that our President has been defeated already. So, that’s the reason. “Look at Ogun and states, which we all know are politically sophisticated. Why are the electorates not picking their PVCs? We are worried.” In terms of PVCs collection, figures released by the commission indicated that is lagging behind among all the states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory. In the state, only 808,590 out of the 1,829,534 registered voters had collected their PVCs. This figure represents a mere 44.20 per cent. But the commission said that 1,387,401 PVCs had been delivered to the state. Lagos State with 5,822,207 registered voters had recorded 63.44 per cent of the PVCs collection. This shows that 3,693,355 of the cards had been picked by their owners. But the commission said that 5,558,062 cards had been delivered for voters in the state. This means that there are 1,864,707 PVCs yet to be picked by their owners in the state. When asked whether the refusal of the owners of the PVCs to pick them up could be attributed to Jega, the source said that the commission should embark on more enlightenment. On the issue of card readers, a member of the National Working Committee of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that there was no way the machine would be effective in the area of accreditation of voters. When this issue was raised before the commission, an explanatory note presented to our correspondent showed that accreditation of a voter using the card reader is expected to last for about 20 seconds.

10 Comments

  1. Shobande Keymon Yomi

    March 3, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Lolz. You’re deceiving yourself not Nigerians. Angry with who? You angry with who you plan to postpone the election

  2. Grace Aigbokhae

    March 3, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I like the fact that the card reader will be use for accreditation ride on Jeja. who dey vex make him vex well well.

  3. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    March 3, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Pvc or not whoever will win will win so Mr president stop getting ursef worked up, but dont count my vote as one pls

    • Louis Offor

      March 3, 2015 at 8:44 am

      No…i beg to differ please! Believe you, me that if the PVC’s are not deployed in this forth coming elections, what would be experienced would be worse than what humanity has experienced since the institution of ANARCHY from the dark ages until now. We boldly say NO TO RIGGING!

  4. Eunice Aigbokhae

    March 3, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I thank God 4 the card reader there is no need 4 too many talk

  5. Lucky

    March 3, 2015 at 7:58 am

    They are angry with him because of the new measure put in place to
    prevent rigging in the forth coming general election.PDP claiming to
    have digital president still they are afraid of the card reader.No
    rigging this time around because the will of the people must prevail
    over the will of darkness.PDp case is like the case of students who are
    not prepare for an exams and using all the means available to seek for postponement of the exams.This country is jointly own by all n
    not the elites so the will of the masses n light must prevail this
    time,anything short than that you guys are seeking for anachy

  6. Sandra chinasa Deborah

    March 3, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I am sick n tired of dis election n its stuff. Its high time Mr. President should go n sleep. Wats wrong with our leaders sef?

  7. Ndubuisi Oscar

    March 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Mr president just keep calm. March 28 shall tell the story. #marchforwardwithgej2015

  8. Louis Offor

    March 3, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I can sense someone is already fidgety. On this, i’m strongly in support of MR. JEGA. If what he needs to succeed in the conduct of the forthcoming elections is the goodwill and motivation of the people of Nigeria, then he will get an overdose of it as long as his primary duty which is to conduct a very free and fair election for Nigerians and for his Country is uncompromised. We boldly say NO TO RIGGING!

  9. tyra bello

    March 4, 2015 at 6:59 am

    This is all in the bid to rig the election