Concerned Nigerians and residents in the Federal Capital Territory, today, began a peaceful protest march in Abuja today calling on the Chairman of the Independent National Election Commission INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega not to bow to pressures mounted on him by President Goodluck Jonathan and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to postpone the upcoming general elections.
NewsWireNgr reported earlier that, Prof. Jega confirmed his attendance for the day’s Council.of State Meeting, with the President; where the issue of elections shift, would be discussed and a decision, reached.
The protest which started at the popular Unity Fountain across Transcorp Hilton Hotel at the Federal capital Territory has moved towards the Aso Rock Presidential Villa gate where protesters said that they are going to tell members of the National Council of State which is billed to hold a meeting in respect of the postponement of election not to dare shift the date of the elections as Nigerians are fully ready for elections.
One of the protest leaders, Olatunde Daniels told reporters that the group will resist any attempt by the government to postpone the elections, saying that Nigerians are ready for election, and that no amount of propaganda will make Nigeria allow the ruling party truncate Nigeria’s democracy.
Several of the protesters carried placards with inscriptions that read: “No to election postponement”, “Nigerians are ready for elections”, “On Feb.14th we stand” ,”Democracy must survive, GEJ, you claimed you have improved power sector and built 200 roads, why are you afraid of election.”
As at the time of going to press, the protesters, who are growing in numbers, are gathered in front of Eagle Square where well armed anti-riot mobile policemen blocked them from going further. The protesters, have begun chanting anti-government songs.