Archive for Elections

Young Nigerians must continue to engage government” – Joseph D. Stafford, US Consular-General

Joseph D. Stafford (U.S. Consul General)

Joseph D. Stafford (U.S. Consul General)

“Young Nigerians must continue to engage government,” the US Consul-General, Joseph D. Stafford, has said. This was part of his Keynote Remarks at the consulate’s New Tools, New Government town hall meeting with young leaders and icons held at the US Consulate’s Public Affairs Section office in Lagos. The event was presented by The Future Project.

“I was very impressed at the active participation of the Nigerian youth during the 2011 elections,” he said. “Now that the elections are over, it would be productive to see continuous social media engagements. The United States government hails the conduct of the process with young civil engagement organizations, and the activities of frontline organizations like The Future Project.”

The focus was on election and post-election engagement for young Nigerians to work and build a strong democratic society and drive a true government of and by the people.

The meeting covered using Social and New Media to address governance issues and encourage youth to be active citizens, and how various organizations, projects and activities engaged pre-elections, during the elections and post-elections, the impact made and future plans – long and short term.

Presentations were made by EnoughisEnough Nigeria on its RSVP campaign and the ReVoDa mobile election application, on its Ushahidi Platform, and the Community Development Foundation on its ReclaimNaija incident reporting website and an overview of election activities by Kayode Nubi, who is Communication Officer with The Future Project. There was also a practical session on how to use the internet to monitor government officials by Samuel Eyitayo, who is Information Resource Director of the Public Affairs Section.

Guests at the event included representatives of LEAP Africa, the Kudirat initiative for Democracy, Smoke Free Foundation, Access Cool Peer Monitoring Project, Tosin Jegde Foundation, amongst others. Also attending was ace comedian Ali Baba, OC Ukeje, Mosunmola Umoru, publisher Familusi Akin Babajide, Tosyn Bucknor, Abiola Aloba, amongst others. There was also a performance by GT da Guitarman and the event was hosted by TV presenter and events compere, Shade Ladipo. Read more

US Consulate hosts youth town hall meeting on elections and governance

The United States Consulate in Lagos has announced New Tools, New Governance, a Town Hall with Young Nigerian Leaders to discuss the use of technology during the 2011 elections and to monitor governance and accountability after the elections. The town hall meeting, which holds on Thursday, June 16 is presented by development firm, The Future Project.

“Following the elections where young Nigerians were part of a successful movement to engage the process using technology tools including ReVoDa, ReclaimNaija, Facebook, Twitter and the successful RSVP (Register.Select.Vote.Protect) campaign,” said a statement from the Consulate, “we believe there is no time such as now to point the young population towards the direction of sustaining good governance and public accountability using these tools for citizen engagement.” Read more

Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State’s Inauguration Address, 29th May 2011

Governor Fashola

Governor Fashola

May 29, 2011 – On Tuesday 26th April 2011, a day that will certainly stand out in our political history as a super Tuesday, you humbled me, our Party, the Action Congress of Nigeria and our State House of Assembly candidates by returning all the 40 (forty) candidates presented on the platform of our Party to the House of Assembly and electing me with 1,509,113 votes which now stands as the highest number of votes ever delivered for any candidate in any State in our political history.

On behalf of our Party and my elected colleagues, I thank you all sincerely for your support and the very overwhelming mandate you have handed to us; and we accept it with all the responsibilities that it brings.

I understand the import of that mandate. It is a mandate in support of the continuation of the transformation we have collectively achieved in the last 4 (four) years.

It is a mandate for good governance. It is a mandate for the continuation of the people oriented policies that takes us daily towards the brighter and rewarding future.

Let me assure you all that as leader of the team, I cherish the mandate, I am fully conscious of the import for your hopes and aspirations and I remain as committed today as I was in 2007 to do my very best to remain worthy of this mandate. Read more

President Goodluck Jonathan’s Inauguration Address, 29th May 2011

President Goodluck Jonathan taking oath of office, 29th May 2011

President Goodluck Jonathan taking oath of office, 29th May 2011

1.          My Dear Compatriots, I stand in humble gratitude to you, this day, having just sworn to the oath of office as President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of our great nation.

2.          I thank you all, fellow citizens, for the trust and confidence, which you have demonstrated through the power of your vote. I want to assure you, that I will do my utmost at all times, to continue to deserve your trust.

3.          I would like to specially acknowledge the presence in our midst today, of Brother Heads of State and Government, who have come to share this joyous moment with us.  Your Excellencies, I thank you for your solidarity.  I also wish to express my gratitude, to the Representatives of Heads of State and Government who are here with us.  My appreciation also goes to the chairperson of the African Union and other world leaders, our development partners, and all our distinguished guests.

4.          I want to specially thank all Nigerians for staying the course in our collective commitment to build a democratic nation. To members of the PDP family and members of other political parties, who have demonstrated faith in our democratic enterprise, I salute you.

5.          At this juncture, let me acknowledge and salute my friend and brother, Vice-President Namadi Sambo; and my dear wife, Patience, who has been a strong pillar of support.

6.          I thank her for galvanizing and mobilizing Nigerian women for the cause of democracy. In the same vein, I owe a debt of gratitude to my mother and late father. I cannot thank them enough.

7.          I cannot but pay tribute to our late President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, with whom we won the Presidential election four years ago, when I contested as his running mate.   May God bless his soul. Read more

Enough is Enough! by President Goodluck Jonathan #NigeriaDecides

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

Fellow Citizens and compatriots, Three days ago, I addressed you to express our pride on the successful conduct of the presidential election. I said then that we are all winners and that there are no losers.


I believe that I spoke the minds of most Nigerians, as well as men and women of goodwill all around the world.

We all came together for a historic achievement and to celebrate the progressive march of our democracy. I thank all of you who responded to my appeal on that occasion to reach out to your neighbours with love; to keep our nation united and strong.


This administration had taken practical steps to ensure the attainment of its goal of delivering free, fair and credible elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was reconstituted with credible and non-partisan people to the acclaim of Nigerians and the international community. Despite a few challenges, the new INEC has provided an atmosphere for the conduct of credible elections right from the review of the voter register to the presidential elections which took place last Saturday.


Sadly, some misguided elements do not share in the spirit of our democratic achievements. They formed into groups of miscreants and struck with deadly and destructive force in some parts of the country. Read more

Acceptance speech by president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, following his declaration as the winner of the 2011 presidential election. #NigeriaDecides

18th April 2011

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

My dear Country men and women

This is a new dawn!

Our nation has spoken. At the end of intense and hard fought campaigns by all the political parties, our people spoke through the ballot. In every city, town, village, ward and voting unit, Nigerians stood in the sun, some in the rain, some walked long distances and all waited patiently, to vote.

With a heart full of gratitude to Almighty God, I want to thank Nigerians for the great sacrifice and overwhelming national mandate you have just given to me, to preside over the affairs of this nation for the next four years.

We have, by this election, reaffirmed our unity as one nation under God; reiterated our faith in democracy; and underscored our determination to fully join the free world where only the will of the people is the foundation of governance. We will not let you down. We will not let Nigeria down.

My brothers and sisters, fellow citizens, we are all winners. In this context, there is no victor and no vanquished. Nigerians have proved to the world that we are capable of holding free, fair and credible elections. With the evident national spread of our victory, we have demonstrated that even in our diversity, the progress of Nigeria remains paramount to all.

This is a victory for the sustenance of our democracy; a victory which all Nigerians irrespective of creed, ethnicity, or state of origin should celebrate. It is a triumph for our common destiny as a people with shared ideals, shared dreams and shared hopes.

I congratulate the candidates of the other political parties. I regard them not as opponents, but as partners. Indeed, some of them have held high public office in the past.

Let me pay particular tribute to General Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and the other patriots and their running mates. They all did well and the nation expects their continued demonstration of leadership and commitment to our efforts at nation building.

The elections are not yet over. We still have to elect our Governors and members of our State Houses of Assembly. We must approach the remaining elections with the same level of enthusiasm and seriousness.

We have to remain vigilant. On our part, we continue to assure you that the mechanisms that were put in place to assure free and fair elections are maintained. Read more

Address by His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan on the 2011 General Elections, Thursday, 7th April, 2011

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

My Dear Compatriots,

I address you today on the rescheduled 2011 General Elections which are now to commence across Nigeria on Saturday April, 9, 2011.

2.     By the schedule originally announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the elections into the Senate and House of Representatives ought to have taken place last week Saturday – April 2nd, 2011.

3.     The Chairman of INEC has informed the nation that the non-delivery of critical election materials in large parts of the country, compelled the Commission to postpone the exercise.

4.     The Commission, in consultation with all key political stakeholders, has now announced a revised timetable for all the elections, which will see the process commence on Saturday, 9th April 2011, with the National Assembly elections.

5.     Dear compatriots, I deeply share with all Nigerians the understandable feeling of disappointment and frustration that was caused by the postponement. Across the country, there was clear evidence of an overwhelming spirit of patriotism that saw our countrymen and women troop out in large numbers to participate in the electoral process. Our people exhibited phenomenal fortitude and understanding, as many of you travelled long distances at great personal cost, and waited patiently to perform your civic responsibility.

6.     This was a clear demonstration of your abiding faith in the electoral process.

7.     Fellow Nigerians, my appeal to you this morning, is to sustain that patriotic zeal that you so visibly displayed last Saturday. I call on you all to come out again, en masse on Saturday and on all subsequent election days, to cast your vote.

8.     The Chairman of INEC has again assured the nation that the Commission is fully ready to deliver credible polls to Nigerians.

9.     Let me reiterate that the Federal Government is fully committed to the independence of INEC and to the conduct of free and fair elections in the country. Government will continue to support the Commission and provide all it requires to carry out its mandate.

10.    The security agencies have been directed to provide optimal security for the entire process. They are to ensure the security of all voters, polling agents and INEC officials, and the maintenance of law and order. I therefore appeal to all Nigerians, to cooperate with the security agencies to achieve peaceful elections throughout the country.

11.     I seize this opportunity, once more, to urge all political stakeholders to continue to be faithful to the tenets of fair play and healthy competition. At this critical stage in our national development, we cannot afford to engage in acts that can fan the embers of violence and discord.  Let me assure you that Government remains committed to ensuring the safety of the lives and property of all Nigerians across the country.

12.    Nigeria is bigger than anyone of us. No one’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian.

13.    Let me also take this opportunity to thank all our friends around the world for the continued show of support and goodwill.

14.    Fellow Nigerians, the 2011 General Elections represent an important milestone in our nation’s march to greatness. Our collective posterity beckons on us all to stand up and be counted. Participating in the electoral process is your way of demonstrating your faith in the future of our country; a future founded on the promise of democracy, unity and progress.

15.    I urge us all to continue to pray for the nation, and for peaceful and orderly elections. May God bless you all.




VIDEO: TY Bello – The Future (We are Nigeria) #NigeriaDecides

LYRICS – “The Future”

We are the future
We are the dream
We are the nation
We are part of this

Yes we are so amazing
That’s the least we shall be
At the heart of the nation changing history

How can they say that we are finished
We have just begun
When we have no where else to run to
We have no where else to go

So get out of the way
Out of the way Of the land of our dreams
We are the nation we are part of this
We are the nation we are part of this

Ooooh, Carry the song
Carry the sound
The future is here
The future is here
Goodbye yesterday
Tomorrow is now for the taking
The future is here
The future is here

I am the future
I am the dream
I am the nation
I am part of this

Yes I am so amazing
That’s the least l shall be
At the heart of the nation changing history

The future
The future has
The future has come


Nollywood for JONATHAN? #NigeriaDecides

PRESS RELEASE: INEC reschedules 2011 General Elections #NigeriaDecides


Yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission announced the rescheduling of the 2011 National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) elections from April 2nd to April 4th 2011 due to late arrival of result sheets. Since that announcement, several representations have been made to the Commission urging it to consult more widely and to ensure that the two-day postponement is enough to address all the logistical issues that may militate against a successful conduct of the rescheduled elections.


Following these representations and subsequent consultations with stakeholders, the Commission has found that the overwhelming sentiment is to further reschedule the elections. Requests to reschedule the National Assembly elections have come from a cross-section of stakeholders, including political parties and civil society organizations. However, rescheduling the National Assembly elections would have implications for the schedule of all the other elections.


Consequently, the Commission weighed all the options and considered the wide ranging counsel of Nigerians and decided to reschedule all the elections as follows:


Saturday, April 9th 2011 – Senate and House of Representatives (National Assembly) elections.

Saturday, April 16th 2011 – Presidential election

Tuesday, April 26th 2011 – State House of Assembly and Governorship elections


We thank all Nigerians for their enthusiasm for these elections and support for the Commission and the electoral process. Your sacrifices are not lost on the Commission and we are even more determined now to ensure that the 2011 elections are free, fair and credible.




APRIL 3RD, 2011


Address by the chairman of INEC on postponement of National Assembly Elections (April 2, 2011) #NigeriaDecides

Professor Attahiru M. Jega, OFR, Honourable Chairman, INEC

Professor Attahiru M. Jega, OFR, Honourable Chairman, INEC


Since this Commission started work in July 2010, I have repeatedly promised Nigerians that in carrying out our duties we shall always be sincere and truthful with Nigerians. I have always said that this INEC will be upfront with Nigerians, telling you exactly how things are – sharing both our successes and difficulties with you.


This is one such occasion. Indeed, it is an emergency. As you know the National Assembly (House of Representatives and Senate) elections are supposed to be taking place as I speak. You would also have noticed that things have not proceeded smoothly as expected with the elections. The reason for this is the unanticipated emergency we have experienced with late arrival of result sheets in many parts of the country. The result sheets are central to the elections and their integrity. Accordingly, in many places, our officials have not reported at the polling units, making it now difficult to implement the Modified Open Ballot Procedure that we have adopted. Not only do we have to enter the results in the sheets, the number of accredited voters is also to be entered in the result sheet. While we could have proceeded with the elections in a few States of the country, where all the materials are available, such as Lagos, Kaduna, Kebbi, Delta, Zamfara and Enugu, among others, in order to maintain the integrity of the elections and retain effective overall control of the process, the Commission has taken the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the National Assembly elections to Monday, April 4, 2011.


I appeal to all Nigerians for their understanding in this difficult situation. We as a Commission appreciate the profound sacrifice that you have all made not just in turning out today, but also throughout this election season. We are greatly encouraged by you and our appeal is that you remain steadfast in this last lap of this electoral process in the interest of all Nigerians and in the cause of democracy.

The Commission will immediately be contacting all political parties, as major stakeholders to explain the situation. I appeal for their support in explaining the situation to their members and supporters.


May I also appeal to all other stakeholders, particularly national and international observers and our development partners for continued understanding. I realize that they have committed enormous resources to this process, especially in deploying observers in the field. However, we think that what is worth doing is worth doing well.


Finally, while we deeply regret this situation and apologise to Nigerians for the hardship this may have created, I would like to reiterate that we are fully committed to conducting free, fair and credible elections for Nigerians. The decision the Commission has taken is weighty; but it is also a very important step in further ensuring the credibility of the elections.

Professor Attahiru M. Jega, OFR,

Honourable Chairman



Press Release: NLI’s StandUPNaija Advocates for the Needs of Average Nigerians

The What About Us? debate

The Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) has formally launched its StandUPNaija Project – an electorate awareness platform aimed at enhancing citizen participation during and after the 2011 general elections.


StandUPNaija gives a voice to the issues faced by average Nigerians, and their expectations from elected leaders. Across the country, the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) is helping Nigerians speak up about the policy issues that matter to them such as Electricity, Health, Security, Education, Transportation and Employment.


The What About Us? debate

The What About Us? debate

“Through a series of impactful videos shot across Nigeria’s 6 geo-political zones, we havehighlighted the issues that affect average Nigerians and hope to put pressure on elected officials to address them during and after the 2011 elections,” said Simi Idowu, the organisation’s Operations Director.  “The overall goal is to frame the policy issues for the 2011 elections (from the viewpoint of average Nigerians) and the expected actions of government officials in the next administration.During the next administration, these issues will be tracked”.


The videos have thus far been shown on national networks including the Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television – and have been broadcast in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. The videos are also available for viewing and download at or  At launch, over 10,000 people viewed the videos online. Read more

VIDEO: Nigeria’s Presidential Debate 2011 #RSVP #NigeriaDecides

The What About Us? debate will hold in Abuja on March 25, 2011 #whataboutus

The What About Us? debate will hold in Abuja on March 25, 2011. If you have a question for the candidates, please send to questions [at] or text 0802 888 2011

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