April 2011 elections and the preparations to the exercise
were witnessed by Nigerians as well as by the international
community. Since the test of the pudding lies in the eating,
and Nigerians are fully entitled to know exactly what really
transpired in not only the presidential elections , but
indeed in all elections conducted by professor Jega's headed
INEC, I call on all Nigerians who voted in the elections, on
all Nigerians, on all religious leaders whether Muslims or
Christians, or others, on all members of the international
community as well as local bodies that monitored and
observed the elections, on all donor bodies that have been
making contributions and assisting the Nigerian electoral
processes, to prevail on professor Jega and the Independent
National Electoral Commission(INEC) to immediately release
the ballot papers used for the elections and other materials
for forensic examinations.
I call on the Nigerian Labor Congress, on the Nigerian Bar
Association, on the Nigerian women and on the youths, indeed
on all bodies, professional and otherwise to patriotically
prevail on INEC and prof Jega to release the ballot papers
and other so-called sensitive materials necessary to bring
the nation abreast with the truth pertaining to the
I call on all political parties and on all civil society
organizations, on all NYSC members, indeed on all citizens
of Nigeria to insist on the release of the materials and
Truly, conscience is an open wound and only truth can heal
In the bible, it is written; AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH,
AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. ..Nigerians demand to know
the truth, so they shall be free of conjectures and
The Quran says in Sura 17(81)
TRUTH HAS ARRIVED, AND FALSEHOOD PERISHED. FOR FALSEHOOD IS
(BY ITS NATURE)BOUND TO PERISH.
It says in Sura 21(18)
NAY,WE HURL THE TRUTH AGAINST FALSEHOOD, AND IT KNOCKS OUT
ITS BRAIN AND BEHOLD, FALSEHOOD DOTH PERISH.
And it says in Sura 34(49)
SAY,TRUTH HAS ARRIVED AND FALSEHOOD SHOWETH NOT ITS FACE AND
WILL NOT RETURN
I recall that when Professor Atahiru Jega was collating the
result of the presidential election, many vice chancellors
of Nigerian universities who assisted in the collation of
the results were there on the screens of our national
televisions and were watched by Nigerians announcing
purported results from the states where they served
I say to all those vice chancellors that their reputation
and integrity are at stake. And that they collectively and
individually owe it to themselves, to their parent
institutions, to their families, to their students, to their
friends and relatives, in-laws and colleagues to insist and
ensure that the ballot papers and other so-called sensitive
materials pertaining to the election whose conduct they
participated prominently in are produced by Prof. Jega and
INEC for thorough forensic examinations to determine the
veracity of the elections the conducted. If they fail to do
this, then they shall be condemned by posterity and shall be
construed to have consciously colluded to undermine the
electoral will of Nigerians.
I say to Professor Jega, that he should stop hiding under
the pretense that the release of the ballot papers and other
relevant materials pertaining to the conduct of the
presidential election of 16th April 2011, and other
elections would undermine the security of Nigeria. I put it
to him that I am not aware of anything that makes him , or
any INEC Commissioner more patriotic or more Nigerian than
myself, or those contesting the result of the elections he
conducted at the tribunals, or any other Nigerian for that
I say to him that IF YOU CANNOT OR REFUSE TO PRODUCE THE
BALLOT PAPERS AND OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS TO ESTABLISH
FOREVER THE VERACITY OF THE ELECTION YOU CONDUCTED AND FOR
WHICH NIGERIA SPENT SO MUCH, THEN IMMEDIATELY RESIGN AND LET
THE PERSON WHO WOULD PRODUCE THEM TAKE OVER AT INEC, AND
FOREEVER HIDE YOUR FACE IN SHAME.
The transformation that Nigeria needs and that Nigerians
want and have been waiting for must be one predicated on the
truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The implications of INEC not releasing the concrete
evidences in its possession(which are properties of the
Nigerian state) are too enormous to contemplate.
Sovereignty is not of the state ultimately but of the
people. It is not the swearing in ceremony or exercise per
se, that gives a president the powers to govern but the
mandate of the people, which in a multi-party democracy is
bestowed through voting. If the electoral body that
conducted the election and pronounces a candidate (returns)
winner refuses to produce the concrete evidence to prove
that the candidate it declared winner is indeed the true
winner in a situation where there is serious contestation,
it should be clear that the candidate declared winner may
not have won the elections after all.
This means that the person was wrongfully declared winner.
It means that the person is occupying the position so
declared to have won illegitimately. This means that any
government formed or founded by such a candidate is
The implication of an illegitimate president for a nation
such as ours is indeed enormous and its consequences for the
nation are frightening. For an illegitimate president, all
appointments made by him whether of ministers, Ambassadors,
chief of police or army, secretary of government and what
have you are all illegitimately done and of no consequence
and null and void. All official communications whether to
the National assembly, to foreign governments, e.t.c, are
illegitimate and in fact if INEC dose not produce evidence
to justify its declaration of Dr. Ebele Goodluck Jonathan as
haven won the April 16th elections...It means that what
happened on May 29th 2011 at the Eagle square Abuja by way
of a swearing in ceremony was essentially a coup detate and
a treason against the Nigerian state.
If what happened on May 29th 2011 was a coup detate against
the Nigeria state, then it is the duty of every and all law
abiding citizens of Nigeria to pull down such a government
with any means necessary and install a legitimate one.
I recall at a point just when the April 2011 elections were
to commence and professor Jega had invited Nigerian
political parties to an emergency meeting or rather briefing
at the conference room at the INEC headquarters at Asokoro
District, Abuja where he announced that the commission had
no option but to postpone the elections as the vendors that
INEC had contracted to supply electoral materials had failed
to deliver on schedule. At that occasion, I had asked
professor Jega directly to disclose the identity of the
vendor or vendors who he alleged had disappointed the
nation. Prof. Jega had answered that he would not disclose
the identity requested and that the information was with the
National Security Adviser. Clearly, Prof. Jega's was strange
and extremely suspicious .This attitude of the ruling elites
of Nigeria and their collaborators of secrecy is at the
bottom of all the problems bedeviling the nation.
It is common knowledge that several people were caught in
different parts of the nation during the infamous elections
with baskets and truck loads of already thumb printed ballot
papers. The public does not know how many millions of these
nefarious ballot papers found their way into INEC strong
rooms and were part of the votes that were declared by Prof.
Jega and the collaborating vice chancellors from various
Nigerian universities as having been won by their selected
candidates. The only opportunity open for the nation to
discover the truth is the forensic examination of the ballot
papers and other vital documents used for the conduct of the
election. This opportunity is the same that Prof. Jega(Mr.
Integrity)is trying to frustrate.
But we , the people of Nigeria shall not agree.
These people have been fooling the nation for too long and
making Nigeria the laughing stock of the world. Nigeria is a
nation that has set up hundreds of panels and commissions of
enquiries, spending trillions of Naira in the processes,
only for the findings of the panels and commissions to be
kept hidden and secret.
It is a secret what the nation spends on the members of the
National assembly. It is a secret what the almighty
governors collect as security votes. It is a secret why the
Nigerian nation grows richer everyday and her citizens grow
poorer every minute.
It is a secret who and who have been importing petroleum
products for Nigeria while her refineries remain comatose.
Indeed, Nigeria is in trouble and Nigerians are left with no
other option but to stand up and demand that all the secrets
must be made open in the spirit of freedom of information,
transparency, democracy and good governance.
This country belongs to all of us and the transformation we
want must be based on the truth, the whole truth and
nothing but the truth. All those who were shouting
themselves hoarse in insulting Professor Maurice Iwu have
all lost their voices. They tell us that the election
conducted by Professor Jega was mush better. But where is
The proof lies in the release of the ballot papers and other
vital materials used by Professor Jega to conduct his 2011
Some believe that the number of aggrieved candidates who
have gone to the tribunals and courts to protest electoral
mal practices have reduced drastically from what it was in
2007 to the situation now in 2011, they do not know that the
reasons for the apparent reduction in the number of cases in
the tribunals are traceable directly to the draconian and
wicked imposition by the Nigerian judiciary of a fee of
N400,000(Four hundred thousand Naira) for all aggrieved
candidates to pay before their matters can be entertained by
the courts and tribunals. They do not know that INEC under
Professor Jega was simply allocating votes to favored
political parties and candidates at will and that the votes
being announced by INEC has haven been scored by candidates
had no bearing whatsoever to the votes cast by the
electorates at the polls.
Incidentally, these are the same announced votes that Jega
and his INEC intend to use to deregister parties which they
claim did not meet up certain most undemocratic criteria.
The chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples
Democratic Party(PDP) has been variously fingered at the
revelations coming out of the Senate hearings on
privatization. None has heard anything of any summons
whatsoever being issued on him to come and clear the air.
Yet his party as we have been told by the current acting
chairman..will rule Nigeria for ever.
As matters stand, INDEED, ONLY A REVOLUTION CAN DELIVER