President Goodluck Jonathan has been enjoined to without further delay sack the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, before he plunges the nation’s politics into crisis.
A group, Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN) made the call in a statement signed by its President, Chief Udo Udeogaranya, accusing Jega of having a grand design to favour northerners.
The group recalled that it was the same way the colonial masters carried out grand plan by upgrading minority into majority and degrading majority into minority.
The statement reads further, “In the 1959 election, that preceded independence, Azikiwe’s party NCNC, which was predominant in the South with a few supporters in the North, scored a total of 2,594,577 votes to capture a mere 94 seats in the Federal House, while the Ahmadu Bello’s Party NPC scored a total of 1,992,179 votes to capture a huge total of 142 seats in the House, almost twice of that of Azikiwe with a far less votes.
“In summary, 2,594,577 of mainly Southern votes had only 94 seats, while 1,992,179 of mainly Northern votes got 142 seats and thereby gives the North the right to choose prime minister in the parliamentary.
“Because the colonial masters have given the North far more constituencies than the South, even when the North has far less voting population against the Southern Nigeria.
“In the same vein, Prof. Attahiru Jega in his creation of new polling units policy, is attempting to give the North a far more polling units than the North’s voting population, so that the Northern politicians can exaggerate their voting results to tantamount with the voting strength of this new polling units that Prof. Jega is blindly attempting to give to them, so that the North that has already been deserted by insurgency can have the power to determine who becomes president against the South with exponential increase in numbers as many northerners are relocating to the South.
“Ndigbo will resist this new unwarranted policy of electoral fraud that is totally undemocratic, hence there are no indications that warrant any creation of polling units anywhere and elections were held successfully in Ekiti and Osun States without agitations of disenfranchisement”.