The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Tuesday issued a statement rejecting the comments made by the Coordinator of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Ganiyu Adams recently calling for the sack of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega.
The ACF described the call as inappropriate.
Chief Adams had reportedly asked for Jega's sack on the basis of PVC distribution, introduction of card reader and alleged creation of 30, 000 polling units in the northern part of Nigeria against the south.
National Publicity Secretary of ACF Muhammad Ibrahim said in the statement that the call "was laughable and shows his (Adams) pedestrian understanding of the Nigerian constitution and the electoral law."
The ACF said the assertion by Chief Adams that card readers haven't contributed or add value to any major election in the world was meaningless, adding that it "was not only parochial but 'portrays him as someone seeking political relevance."
ACF said based on scientific analysis of the INEC data, the North was actually shortchanged.
The statement said: "Nigeria with a registered voter figure of 70,383,427 in 2011 and when divided by the proposed INEC 150,000 polling units across the country, every polling unit in any state should have a minimum of 469 voters per unit to make it easier for voters to cast their votes. This proposed allocation favours the southern states more. Going by this analysis, only four states in the south (Ogun 470, Lagos 492, Rivers 474, Delta 473) met the required average number of voters per polling unit while 13 southern states were below average.
"Example (Ekiti has 297, Bayelsa 307, Anambra 377). In the North all the states met the minimum voters per unit requirement. Example( Kaduna has 500, Niger 499, Zamfara 490, FCT 507) (Source INEC figures 2014)."
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