Thursday, 17 June 2010

News Release: Mass Rally For A New Voters’ Register

                                 [Voters on queue]

As Nigerians mark the 17th Anniversary of the annulment of June 12, 1993 elections by the Ibrahim Babangida junta on June 23, 2010, the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) will continue its national mobilization for free, fair and credible polls as we march towards 2011, which started in Abuja on May 31.

Collaborating with the Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reforms (CODER), SNG stages a massive rally in Lagos where concrete demand would be made for a new voters’ register as a prelude to one-man-one-vote.

The rally holds as follows:

Date: June 23rd, 2010
Venue: Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island, Lagos
Time: 10:00am prompt

Speakers at the rally include; Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, Dr Tunde Bakare, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Solomon Asemota (SAN), Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Chief Bisi Akande , Prof. Pat Utomi, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Mr. Ayo Opadokun, Prof. Pat Utomi, Ammad Sheik Abrahaman , Pastor Sarah Omakwu, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), Bashorun Dele Momodu , Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Mr. Femi Falana, Mrs. Ayo Obe, Alhaji Tanko Yunusa, Mr. John Dara, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Hon. Olawale Oshun, Dr. Chris Ngige, Uche Onyeagucha, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Mr. Donald Duke, Ms Ankio Briggs, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, Kolawole CL, plus Nollywood Stars/Notable Performers.

Mike Tyson, Mohammed Alli, Michael Jackson etc are not eligible voters in Nigeria.

It’s time for real votes and voters!

For: Save Nigeria Group (SNG)

Yinka Odumakin, Salihu Lukman.

News Report: Nigerian Radicals Regret Nominating Election Commission Chairman-Designate

                              [Attahiru Jega: INEC Chairman-Designate]

Some members of Nigeria's radical class in an informal meeting at the chamber of a famous Lagos based radical Lawyer recently expressed regrets over their nomination of Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman-designate of Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).

These radical who usually meet at the Lawyer's chamber in the evening hours on week days and in the afternoon hours on weekends, this time met to deliberate on the information that the INEC Chairman-designate, whom they nominated at the request of the President was in negotiation with leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), as prelude to his confirmation by the Senate. PDP is in majority in the Nigerian bi-cameral federal Parliament.

The Nigerian President wanting to curry friendship of the influential Lagos based radical class had requested it to nominate an INEC Chairman-designate, these radicals made up of vocal lawyers, journalists, labour leaders and civil society activists had according to information available to chidi opara reports forwarded three names which included Attahiru Jega to the President. Jega, a former labour union leader was eventually considered.

chidi opara reports however learnt that when it became obvious that the Chairman-designate would not be confirmed by the PDP dominated Senate, the former University don following advice from some northern senators decided to negotiate with the PDP leadership. The outcome of this negotiation is not know to us at the moment.

A civil society activist, known to be close to the radical lawyer told one of our network members that "negotiating without informing us is an act of betrayal, it is clear he is no longer with us".

A contact at the PDP national headquarters have since confirmed this negotiation to chidi opara reports.