Jega Insists On Election Dates
The plan by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to extend the date of the elections have collapsed as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has refused to postpone the forthcoming polls.
Jega told the Council of State meeting today that the commission is ready to conduct the polls. The Coucil of State meeting comprises of the president and state governors, former presidents, service chiefs and the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
According to News Rescue, the INEC boss however complained that the Military is not cooperative.
There were media reports earlier that suggests the postponement of this month’s general elections may be discussed at the Council of State meeting convened by President Goodluck Jonathan today.
PM News reports that the meeting has officially ended and the elections will go on as scheduled.
According to Punch, the meeting lasted for seven hours. The council then advised INEC to go ahead and perform its constitutional responsibility of conducting the 2015 elections as scheduled.
Briefing State House Correspondents, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State said INEC told the council that it was ready for the conduct of the election.
He said security chiefs also expressed their readiness but raised concerns about some local governments currently under the control of the Boko Haram sect.
The implication, he said, is that elections will not hold in the affected areas.
However, in a tone different from that of his Imo State counterpart, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State said the council advised INEC to consider all the inputs made during the meeting with a view to taking a decision it will announce to Nigerians later.
Earlier today, opposition party, All Progressives Congress called upon members of the council not to allow selfish and narrow interests to make them change the date of the elections.
Meanwhile, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of conniving with the APC to deny non-indigenes in Lagos State their Permanent Voter Cards.