Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, has been accused of playing a premeditated script to disfavour the southern region in the 2015 elections. Leaders of the Southern Nigeria People's Assembly’s, SNPA, Joint Meeting of the Elders Council and Management Committee, made the allegation at a meeting, on Tuesday, in Abuja. The group, led by former Vice President Alex Ekwueme and Right Reverend Bolanle Gbonigi, deplored why of the 30,000 newly created polling units, the North got 21,615. Gbonigi was represented by Senator Femi Okurounmu.
The forum’s Co-ordinating Chairman and Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark, said the disproportionate poll delineation smack political conspiracy against the Southern region.
Okurounmu said it was illogical and unwise INEC’s decision to allocate more polling units to the North given the previous voters turnout during previous elections in the region. Okurounmu said INEC ‘exceeded’ its mandate and insisted the 2015 elections be conducted on the existing 120,000 polling unit structures nationwide.