Nigerian Voters Assembly, (NVA), the group that stands for democracy, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of losing its independence.
According to group the reason for it is submitting to the pressure from the army and security agencies to shift the general elections.
NVA lamented the false and indefensible reasons of “weak distribution of PVCs to the electorate and insecurity in the North East”, being offered President Goodluck Jonathan for the shift and which INEC inappropriately submitted to, saying there is no other demonstrable and more cogent reasons for shifting the polls.
In a statement signed by its president, Mashood Erubami, the group said: “By implication, for INEC to go back on its words and assurances to the Nigeria people, the leadership has lost the chances of living in the consciences of the people longer as a truly independent institution confirming that its assurances are not watertight. Indeed its farewell to its independence.
“INEC should have remained steadfast and abided by its own rules and regulations and refuse to cave in to massive pressure from any quarter including the government and its praise singers because Nigerians are very much desirous of a new order that will be built from the rubbles of the decadent and unimpressive administration currently in place,
“It would have therefore been in the best interest of the INEC as a trusted election Management body to fight on the side of the people however painful the decision not to heed the evil calls for the shift of the poll , than taking instructions from enemies of the people and loose all its goodwill.”
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The group said it was a challenge for the sovereignty of Nigerians who by the adjustment in the date of the elections have been deprived of their sovereign rights to give power and authority to government in any given circumstance as contained in the constitution of Nigeria as amended.
“It is unfortunate that INEC will finally give in to this error of omission and commission in a way that bade farewell to its independence in the rational view of discernible Nigerians” having advertently succumbed to the bidding and antics of very few political infidels who have never hidden their aversion for the integrity rating of the INEC current leadership especially Prof. Attahiru Jega,” the group said.
The new dates for general elections were announced on February, 7 th by INEC Chairman Mr. Jega. The reason for it the electoral body named insecurity caused by Boko Haram terrorists.
The rumours arose that President Goodluck Jonathan wanted to stop the Prof. Jega, from conducting the March 28 and April 11 elections and replace him with the member of ruling party.