Jonathan's supporters, OPC protest against Jega

Jonathan's supporters, OPC protest against Jega

Monday, March 16, 2015 8:58 pm

Some of the protesters on Monday in Lagos

Some of the protesters on Monday in Lagos

Members of the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city, were on Monday joined by members of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, in a protest against Professor Attahiru Jega of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The protesters, who were later also joined by officials of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA Task Force, gathered at the old Toll Gate on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway chanting anti-Jega songs and demanding that he should resign or be sacked as the country draws close to its general elections.

Armed with various weapons, including guns, knives and cutlasses, the protesters later marched along the Ikorodu Road leading to the National Stadium in the Surulere area of Lagos State where a rally was held in support of the r-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Some of the protesters destroying a campaign billboard of an APC candidate.

Some of the protesters destroying a campaign billboard of an APC candidate.

As they marched to the stadium, they destroyed posters and billboards belonging to candidates of the APC and attacked motorists and passers-by while security agents looked the other way.

Days ago, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, had also embarked on a similar protest across some South-eastern states asking that Jega should not be allowed to conduct the elections.

OPC and President Jonathan's supporter  with a pump action on the streets of Lagos today

OPC and President Jonathan’s supporter with a pump action on the streets of Lagos today

While the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused President Jonathan of earmarking N9 billion to sponsor ethnic militias with the aim of scuttling the elections, some northern elders have also warned against any attempt to sack the chairman of INEC.

Though President Goodluck Jonathan has constantly maintained that he is not planning to fire Jega, many Nigerians remain sceptical especially with the protests against the Professor by those considered supporters of the President’s second term bid.

Meanwhile, Jega, on Monday, reiterated his resolve to ensure that the forthcoming elections in the country are peaceful, free and fair.

Some protesters destroying posters of APC candidates.

Some protesters destroying posters of APC candidates.

He also said nobody has asked him to either resign or proceed on terminal leave.

Speaking at a town hall meeting organised by REINVENT Media and some stakeholders in Abuja, Jega said he was aware of the protests against him but maintained that he would not be discouraged or frustrated in his bid to ensure that the elections were held and winners declared in a free and fair exercise.

“In fact, am aware that some groups have been protesting. Well, I have a job to do and I will do it. Nobody has asked me to resign and all of us at INEC are focused on ensuring that this election is free and fair,” he said.

He accused politicians of encouraging multiple voting during elections, but said INEC was fully prepared to frustrate multiple voting.

“This problem is posed by politicians, who pay voters to vote many times or plan to snatch ballot boxes once the voting exercise starts.

“But the time lapse will ensure that voting takes place and ends in the various polling units at the same time and voters, who want to engage in this fraudulent acts will not be able to move around,” he said.

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  • LAR says:

    and you will suffer more…bcos he has watsed all the resources in reserve.

  • LAR says:

    you are a calibrated animal. Think forward, what has Jonathan done.

  • LAR says:

    Nafisat you are a fool.

  • nafisat says:

    JEGA has failed he should go.

  • uko bassey says:

    JEGA should get out of that office, its obvious he is kissing the APC’s ass.

  • geraldine jaja says:

    I am not comfortable with this, i smell the opposition all over this..

  • Kekedu says:

    President Goodluck Gbagbo

  • nwaeke says:

    I smell something fishy here, something is not just right!

  • Enumah says:

    For all it’s worth, this could be the handy work of the opposition which they will in turn use against the ruling party to undermine their swelling endorsements as polls come closer. Where have you seen a peaceful protest being carried out with guns, knives and cutlasses?..

  • Emeka215 says:

    Individuals have the decision to make exhibit if thing are not going as they need it. Adjacent to the individuals now realize that Jega has fizzled.

  • Ola Smith says:

    incompetence, should not be rewarded, if he can perform then off he should go.

  • its not a birth right, other qualified persons can fill in the position.

  • Esohe Akhigbe says:

    if JEGA leaves , no wahala, who cares. duh !!!

  • faith adams says:

    Enough is enough, Jega must go.

  • bello isah says:

    If he cannot work effectively because of other interfering vices then he should spell it out. The President is there to take care of such vices.

  • kingsley obi says:

    Time is getting closer, the elections are drawing nearer, Jega, we need to be assured of a free, fair and credible elections.

  • Mrs benita akpan says:

    Have you asked why the people want the resignation of Jega so badly?

  • Samuel Orji says:

    People have the choice to make demonstrate if thing are not going as they want it. Not everything that happens, we will start calling the name of President Jonathan. Beside the people now know that Jega has failed.

  • Destiny Whyte says:

    Most of these guys can sponsor by APC because i know that the members of PDP hate violence.

  • Destiny Whyte says:

    If Jega is not performing than he should be sack.

  • uzo says:

    jega should make the election one man one vote.PGEJ till 2019

  • ubong ekanem says:

    Jega should resign if he can’t give us free and fair election

  • kemi says:

    what ever it is PGEJ will emerge as winner of the election

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