Monday, 16 March 2015

Open Letter: Consequences Of Importing Ethnic Cleansing Into The Distribution Of Permanent Voters’ Cards In Nigeria(Part Two)

Jega: INEC Chair

Ref: INTERSOC/SE/003/3/015/INEC/ABJ/NG

Professor Attahiru M. Jega
Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
INEC Headquarters, Plot 436 Zambezi Crescent
Maitama, P.M.B. 0184, FCT, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria

Sir,

This is the concluding part of our (Intersociety) letter to the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria, Prof Attahiru M. Jega, originally dated 13th March 2015 and referenced as above. The letter has since been updated to accommodate the Commission’s latest (March 12, 2015) PVCs’ State-by-State distribution update and few other important information. The updated version has electronically been sent to e-addresses of the Commission and other recipients.



 Critical Evaluation Of  State-By-State PVC Distribution Of March 12, 2015 By INEC:

Geopolitical Zonal Evaluation:

TABLE 1:  MARCH 12, 2015 PVC DISTRIBUTION & GEO-POLITICAL ZONE BREAKDOWN


S/N
STATE
NUMBER
OF
REGISTERED
VOTERS
(NRV)
NUMBER
OF
CARDS
DISTRIBUTED
TO STATES
SO FAR
Feb 26
NUMBER
OF
CARDS
COLLECTED
Feb 26
NUMBER
OF
CARDS
COLLECTED
March 12, 2015
% PVCs Collected
1
TOTAL SW
13,731,090
13,246,866
8,706,015
8,965,126
2
TOTAL SE
7,665,859
7,547,637
6,030,327
6,614, 934
3
TOTAL SS
10,059,347
9,844,156
7,995,575
8,365,765

TOTAL SOUTH
31,456,296
30,638,659
22,731,917
23,944,845 

NORTH 






4
TOTAL NW
17,620,436
17,554,095
15,827,842
16, 098, 060
5
NORTH-EAST
9,107,861
8,589,298
7,765,132
7,722,653
6
NORTH-CENTRAL
9,767,411
9,520,935
7,450,475
7,651,505

TOTAL NORTH
36,495,708
35,664,328
31,043,449
31,472,218










7
FCT
      881,472
        903,613
            552,381
            
569,109

TOTAL COUNTRY
68,833,476
67,206,600
54,327,747
55,904,272
 (ours 55, 986, 172)
81.22









(Credit: Mobolaji Aluko March 2015 (edited and updated)-Commentator on National Issues)

TABLE 2: MARCH 12, 2015 PVC DISTRIBUTION STATE- BY-STATE BREAKDOWN

S/N
STATE
NUMBER
OF
REGISTERED
VOTERS
(NRV)
NUMBER
OF
CARDS
DISTRIBUTED
TO STATES

NUMBER
OF
CARDS
COLLECTED
Feb 26
% CARDS
COLLECTED
RELATIVE
TO NRV
Feb 26
NUMBER
OF
CARDS
COLLECTED
March 12
% CARDS
COLLECTED
RELATIVE
TO NRV
March 12


SOUTH-WEST






1
EKITI
         732,021
  813,871
            505,829
            69.10
511,790
69.91
2
LAGOS
              5,822,207
      5,558,062
        3,693,355
         63.44
3,767,647
64.71
3
OGUN
   1,829,534
     1,387,401
         808,590
          44.20
904,647
49.45
4
ONDO
               1,524,655
       1,501,694
        1,073,904
         70.44
1,110,844
72.86
5
OSUN
             1,407,107
     1,569,368
         1,021,169
         72.57
1,030,051
73.20
6
OYO
           2,415,566
        2,416,470
        1,603,168
         66.37
1,639,967
67.89

TOTAL SW
13,731,090
13,246,866
8,706,015
63.40
8,964,146
64.92

SOUTH-EAST






7
ABIA
                    1,396,162
       1,382,181
          1,132,928 
         81.15
1,177,520
84.34
8
ANAMBRA
   1,963,173 
        1,915,070 
          1,527,045
        77.78
1,658,967
84.50
9
EBONYI
            1,074,273
     1,043,746
        848,392
             78.97
848,392
78.97
10
ENUGU
       1,429,221
        1,434,511
         1,169,408
         81.82
1,223,606
85.61

11

IMO
                    1,803,030
     
 1,772,129
         1,352,554
        
75.02

1,707,449

94.70

TOTAL SE
7,665,859
7,547,637
6,030,327
78.66
6,614,934
85.88



SOUTH-SOUTH






12
AKWA-IBOM
   1,680,759
        1,720,645 
          1,587,566
       94.46
1,587,566
94.46
13
BAYELSA
       610,373
       577,230
           404,119
            66.21
546,372
89.51
14
CROSS RIVER
  1,175,623
        1,184,534
        919,622
            78.22
963,629
81.99
15
DELTA
              2,275,264
       2,282,018
       1,795,307
          78.91
1,921,627
84.46
16
EDO
           1,779,738
    1,784,404
         1,197,829
          67.30
1,218,734
68.48
17
RIVERS
                      2,537,590
          2,295,325 
          2,091,132
          82.41
2,127,837
83.85

TOTAL SS
10,059,347
9,844,156
7,995,575
79.48
8,365,765
81.78


NORTH-WEST






18
JIGAWA
             1,831,276
   1,857,558
      1,794,646
         98.00
1,756,320
95.91
19
KADUNA
           3,407,222
        3,447,996
       3,159,011
        92.72
3,174,519
93.17
20
KANO
          4,975,701
       4,827,236
        4,112,039
        82.64
4,112,039
82.64
21
KATSINA
      2,827,943
   2,809,910
        2,620,096
        92.65
        2,620,096
        92.65
22
KEBBI
      1,470,648
       1,484,580
          1,316,656
         89.53
1,372,630
93.34
23
SOKOTO
   1,611,929
      1,650,081
        1,428,098
       88.60
1,527,004
94.73
24
ZAMFARA
        1,495,717
     1,476,734
        1,397,296
       93.42
1,435,452
95.97

TOTAL NW
17,620,436
17,554,095
15,827,842
89.27
16,098,060
90.77

NORTH-EAST






25
ADAMAWA
       1,559,012
       1,570,370
     1,364,804
          87.54
1,381,571
88.62
25
BAUCHI
  2,054,125
       2,024,340  
         1,938,192
        94.36
1,778,380
86.58
27
BORNO
           1,934,079
          1,544,612 
    1,320,667
        68.28
1,407,777
72.79
28
GOMBE
  1,120,023
   1,129,622
       1,064,577
         95.05
1,069,635
95.50
29
TARABA
 1,340,652
    1,347,104
        1,252,491
       93.42
1,270,889
94.80
30
YOBE
             1,099,970
   973,250
           824,401
           74.95
824,401
74.95

NORTH-EAST
9,107,861
8,589,298
7,765,132
85.26
7,722,653
83.83

NORTH-CENTRAL






31
BENUE
              2,015,452
    2,015,441
       1,566,186
        77.71
1,601,800
79.77
32
KOGI
   1,350,883
    1,330,400 
         926,013
          68.55
926,013
68.55
33
KWARA
 1,142,267
        1,153,109
        858,623
          75.17
884,996
77.48
34
NASARAWA
      1,242,667
  1,228,098
        1,026,657
        82.62
1,048,053
84.34
35
NIGER
      2,014,317
        1,981,183 
          1,642,144
         81.52
1,682,058
83.51
36
PLATEAU
       2,001,825
    1,812,704
        1,430,852
        71.48
1,508,585
75.36

NORTH-CENTRAL
9,767,411
9,520,935
7,450,475
76.28
7,651,505
77.50








37
FCT
      881,472
        903,613
            552,381
             62.67
569,109
64.56









TOTAL COUNTRY
68,833,476
67,206,600
54,327,747
78.93
55,904,272  (55,986,172)
81.22
(Credit: Mobolaji Aluko March 2015 (edited and updated)-Commentator on National Issues)

Summarized Findings:
A.     Over one million PVCs are yet to be produced, delivered and distributed barely fourteen days to the Presidential Poll.
B.      Of the over one million unproduced PVCs, the South is owed 807, 553.
C.      Total Registered Voters (RVs) for the North including the FCT=37, 377, 180
D.     Total Registered Voters (RVs) for the  South=31, 456, 296
E.      Total gap between the North and the South in RVs=5, 920, 883
F.       Total PVCs distributed in the North including the FCT as at 12th  March 2015=32, 041, 327
G.     Total PVCs distributed in the South as at 12th  March 2015=23, 944, 845
H.     Total gap between the North and the South in the PVCs distributed as at 12th  March 2015=8,096, 482
I.        Total Registered Voters in Nigeria for 2015 polls=68, 833, 476
J.        Total PVCs distributed in Nigeria  according to INEC as at 12th  March 2015=55,904, 272 (ours 55, 986, 172)
K.     Total Registered Voters (RVs) denied PVCs in Nigeria according to INEC) as at 12th  March 2015=12, 929, 204 (ours 12, 847, 304)
L.       Total Registered Voters (RVs) likely to be disenfranchised or denied PVCs in the March 28 & April 11, 2015 Polls=11,000,000
M.   Total RVs denied PVCs in the North including the FCT=5, 335, 857
N.     Total RVs denied PVCs in the South=7, 510, 471
O.     Total RVs denied PVCs in Lagos State (most populated RVs in the South)=2, 054, 560
P.      Total RVs denied PVCs in Kano State (most populated RVs in the North)=863, 662
Q.     Total RVs denied PVCs in the Southwest=4, 765, 964
R.      Total RVs denied PVCs in the North-central=2, 115, 910
S.      Total RVs denied PVCs in the South-south=1, 693, 582
T.      Total RVs denied PVCs in the Northwest=1, 522, 376
U.     Total RVs denied PVCs in the Northeast= 1, 385, 208
V.     Total RVs denied PVCs in the Southeast=1, 050, 925
W.   Total RVs denied PVCs in the FCT=312, 363
X.      Total PVCs distributed in seven States of the Northwest zone (16, 098, 060) are much higher than those of eleven States of the South-south and the Southeast zones (14, 980,699) put together
Y.      70% of RVs denied PVCs in the Northeast, the Northwest and Plateau and Niger States in the North-central as well as Lagos State in the Southwest by way of seizure, hoarding, misplacement; disappearance or destruction are non indigenes, Christians and minorities.

Consequences Of Ethnic Cleansing In The PVCs Distribution:
The worst undoing trailing the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria is the introduction of ethnicity and religion into it; from the table of your Commission as per the management of the National Register of Voters including voters’ registration and revalidation; distribution and issuance of Permanent Voters’ Cards; to the conducts and conspiracies of primordial and ethno-religious fundamentalist politicians. For the first time in Nigeria under your professorial electoral midwifery, ethnic cleansing has been introduced into the country’s electoral industry and management.

As we have severally observed, the causes of electoral violence in contemporary times around the world are no longer majorly located at the doorsteps of politicians, but at the doorsteps of electoral umpires owing to conducts such as those being complained of. This was why we held and still hold that your Commission must take full responsibility of any riotous outcome of the 2015 polls if it occurs.

Our grand purpose of writing your Commission for the last time before the referenced polls is to demystify the foregoing triggers of violence in the hope that they will be incorporated into your Commission’s final push and bottled up. This must include ensuring that the remaining 12, 847, 304 registered voters in Nigeria denied PVCs till date are provided with same inexcusably even if it means taking them to their homes. Addressing the foregoing anomalies being complained of should go beyond showcasing of professorial and political science grammars in the media and other public forums. The 2015 polls midwifery must go beyond wearing professorial agbada and university classroom tutorship. They require workshop engineering approaches; otherwise heaven will be let loose and the country will go up in unquenchable flames.

From every indication, your Commission’s informal policy for the 2015 polls appears to constitute a dangerous threat to social values and identities of Christians, Igbo nation as well as Southern and Northern minorities in Nigeria.  People may let go other intruders, but certainly not intruders questioning, undermining and threatening their social values or ethnic identities.

Recent angry reactions against your Commission across the country by Nigerian mainstream ethnic nationalities such as the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the Southeast zone, the O’odua People’s Congress in the Southwest zone, the South-South People’s Assembly in the South-south zone and the Southern Kaduna Assembly and Christian/Minority bodies in the North clearly indicate existence and maintenance by your Commission of an informal policy questioning, threatening and undermining their ethnic and social identities. Apart from issuance of public statements including communiqués calling for the sack or resignation of the Chairman of your Commission, they have also taken to the streets to register their anger and seriousness over the referenced particularly as it concerns denial of their PVCs and voting rights. One of such street protests took place in Anambra State on March 13, 2015 at the instance of the leadership of MASSOB. These explain why we hold submissively that ethnic cleansing has officially crept into the 2015 polls under your professorial midwifery.

Yours Faithfully,

For: International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law

Emeka Umeagbalasi, B.Sc. (Hons.) Criminology & Security Studies
Board Chairman

Uzochukwu Oguejiofor, Esq., (LLB, BL), Head, Campaign & Publicity Department

Chiugo Onwuatuegwu, Esq., (LLB, BL), Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program

Obianuju Igboeli, Esq., (LLB, BL), Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program

CC:
1.     The Secretary to the Government of the Federation
2.      The Chief of Defense Staff of the Armed Forces of Nigeria
3.      The Director General, Directorate of State Security, Federal Republic of Nigeria

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