February 9, 2015 – Activities at the office of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State were today paralysed for hours as aggrieved students from tertiary institutions in the state stormed Alausa, the seat of government to register their annoyance against decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to shift the election by six weeks.
The protesters stormed Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja at about 5:30 pm displaying placards with inscriptions: “Jega has crippled our NYSC plans, Jega: why did you shift the election, Jega: your excuses are not concrete, please resign and others.
They argued that the shift in date indicated that professor Attahiru Jega has compromised in spite of managing an independent body saddled with organizing election in the country.
President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS Lagos State, Mr. Jubril Olayinka lamented that the postponement has affected their academic saying “the national Youth Service Corps, NYSC affected because the election was postponed by the electoral body.”
Explaining how it had affected NYSC programme, Olayinka said “Ordinarily, some students should be going for their one year service in the month of March. But with the postponement, the NYSC has shifted the date to May. And we are not happy with that. They will not be able to go for such service. And that was why we have decided to march on the streets.”
He noted that they had decided to participate in the elections and we have planned towards that. “And because he has shifted it, we are also demanding for the resignation of the Jega because we believe that INEC was an independent body. But with what the chairman of the electoral commission in the country did, it showed that the Professor Jega has compromised and he should resign.
“Earlier, he told Nigerians that if he was not allowed to conduct the election on that date, he would resign. And since he has shifted the date, we believe that he should resign immediately,” he added.