LEADERS of the Joint Meeting of the Elders Council and Management Committee of the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA), Chief Edwin Clark, former Vice President Alex Ekwueme and Right Reverend Bolanle Gbonigi, on Tuesday, took a swipe at the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Atahiru Jega, over the creation of additional 30,000 polling units and their arbitrary allocation to the North.
Clark, the coordinating chairman of the Assembly, said the allocation was more of a political conspiracy by the Attahiru Jega-led INEC to rig the 2015 election against the Southern region of the country.
He said out of the 30,000 newly created polling units, the North got 21,615 at the detriment of the South, with just 8,412, adding that despite the worried concern and non-acceptance of the voodoo allocation by well meaning Nigerians, INEC blatantly failed to shift ground.
Clark, in Abuja, on Tuesday, during the emergency joint meeting of the elders council and management committee of the Assembly said, â€œNo amount of explanation will be acceptable to the voters of Southern Nigeria.â€
In his speech, chairman, Yoruba Unity Forum and leader of South West delegation to the meeting, Reverend Emmanuel Gbonigi, who was represented by Senator Femi Okurounmu, said the sharing formula adopted by INEC, tilted specifically to favour the North, was the crux of the matter.
He said INECâ€™s decision to allocate more additional polling units to the North lacked logic and wisdom, particularly with lower turnout at previous elections and the massive exodus of citizens from many of the troubled parts of the North.
â€œThe commission has exceeded its mandate by restructuring the number of polling units nationwide.
â€œThe criteria above lack any logic or merit except to create bank of votes for the North to deploy during presidential elections or when a referendum is needed to decide fundamental national issues,â€ the leader of the Yoruba Unity Forum said.
The Assembly, however, called for the immediate withdrawal of what it described as offensive proposal.
It also called on INEC to discard the proposed 30,000 additional polling units and commence immediate consultation, with a view to charting a way forward.
It further stressed that INEC must conduct 2015 elections on the existing 120,000 polling unit structures nationwide.