In a report by Sunday Punch, pressure mounted by President Jonathan’s loyalists and service chiefs on Prof. Atairu Jega, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) led to the postponement of the 2015 general elections. Coming from the president’s loyalists; the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki; the Chiefs of Defence, Army, Naval and Air Staff, among others.
Few weeks ago, Sambo Dasuki, while speaking at a forum at the Chatham House in London, asked INEC to postpone the elections, saying the shift would allow for proper preparations and distribution of PVCs by the electoral body.
The poll billed for February 14 was postponed after the military chiefs wrote to the INEC chairman, Prof. Jega, informing him of the security implication of holding the elections in February as earlier scheduled.
The INEC chairman said he received a letter from service chiefs advising that he should postpone the general elections on the grounds that the security agencies were engaged in a renewed battle against insurgency in the North-East.
At the press conference that came up after he met with representatives of all registered political parties and repeatedly held with the NSA and security chiefs, the INEC chairman changed the dates of the elections to March 28th and April 11th respectively.
Source: Sunday punch
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