Why Jonathan, PDP Are Angry With Jega

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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 Presidency 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 Lagos 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 Ogun State 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.

Source: Punch

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Why make the cards, if not for use? Why not see logistics of reception especially if the card have not been posted directly to peoples home. Why not close down decisions making till every family is being represented. I only see failures philosophy. sorry for nigeria!

  2. Why is it that card readers, a completely new voting process which was never discussed or approved is going to deployed for the first time in the presidential election? It is an electronic system. What happens if it fails? 3 card readers to a ward makes nonsense of it all. Why was it not experimented before now in lower elections? Jega is up to some mischief.

  3. There is a problem and it is a problem with our politicians. There is a deliberate mix up of voters’ card. I am an individual who voted in the last election, I hv my temporary voter’s card and my name did not surface in the pvc list. I was told to re-register, I was on the que for more than 13hours for two consecutive days and couldn’t collect the card. In fact, the partisans came, they had free entrance regardless of the time they came. Most of the INEC officials hv become partisans in their local environments. If they are not PDP, they are APC. If the federal government will settle the issue, there shd be mass transfer of INEC officials from their locality. I believe in God’s intervention that can make human calculations and attempts to fail. This 2015 elections will be a display of God’s power that will be a deadly blow to most of our wicked politicians who are enemies to God and. The nation. Most of them will end in paralysis and eternal shame, because they will be caught unaware. Some of them will kill themselves using various means, even within the same party. Our land will surely hv its peace, because they will be completely wiped based on their wicked. People who chat with Nigerian’s blood and politicise masses’ death. Non of them love us, what they all want is power and wealth. Calculate the no of their families they employ and u wonder if their family members got them there. See the numbers of mansions, vehicles and properties they use the public fund to acquire. APC inclusive. Most of our politicians are people who are looking for shorter way of making it, irresponsible people and illiterates who didn’t hv means of livelihood aside politics. Why they go there, is to sap public funds for there lineage and not to meet the needs of the masses. They acquire many wives and luxury with public funds. If not why has everything turned to do or die. affair, just to serve the people. Your judgment will come hastily and will not tarry. The blood of the people will not give you and your generations rest.

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