Thousands of Odua Peoples Congress and the Coalition of Concerned Nigerians members took to the streets of Lagos on Monday to demand the sack of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.
The demonstrators, led by Gani Adams and entertainement figures,( from Coalition of Concerned Nigerians) like Zack Orji, Rachel Oniga, Alex Usifo and Paul Obazele marched from the Federal Road Safety Commission near the old Lagos Toll Gate on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, causing traffic snarl on the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ikorodu Road and Funso Williams(Western) Avenue in the city.
They also rode in hundreds of buses. some of them were seen destroying outdoor adverts of All Progressives Congress candidates on the street lights along the highways.
Some of the protesters gave out fliers that bore the ‘‘sins’’ of Jega.
One of the fliers read:
“Over five million people have yet to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards in the South-West; over 2.5 million persons in the South-South and two million in the South-East while Jega claimed to have recorded 90 per cent distribution in the North, despite the high level of insecurity in the North-East.
“There is illegal registration of underage voters in the North, registration of nationals of Chad, Niger Republic and Cameroon. Over one million PVCs have been recovered from them by security agents and yet Jega cannot give an explanation.
“It is obvious that Jega is playing a well scripted Northern agenda as he has positioned northerners to the most sensitive INEC positions .
“The creation of over 30, 000 polling units now termed voting centres in the North against the South-West and awarding the contract of sensitive INEC materials such as PVCs and ballot papers to foreign companies traced to APC leaders.
“Plotting to create chaos and unrest in Nigeria by insisting on holding elections on February 14 when he was aware that 34 per cent of Nigerians in the South-West had yet to obtain their PVCs.”