Elections postponement: Senate may summon Jega

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The Nigerian Senate is set to summon the INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega, when it resumes plenary session on Tuesday, over the sudden postponement of the general elections.

Ibrahim Gaya, representing Kano North Senatorial District, said in Kano that the legislators were taken unawares by Mr. Jega’s action.

He wondered why INEC would act without prior notice to the Senate, adding that in an ideal democratic setting the notion of checks and balances must be respected.

“The Senate is resuming on Tuesday and we are going to summon Jega to appear before us,” he said. “We want to know the rationale behind the postponement and we are going to take action.”

Mr. Gaya also noted that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party had contradicted INEC, saying the reasons behind the postponement was logistics and not security as Mr. Jega claimed.

Mr. Gaya said, however, no amount of postponing would stop his party, the All Progressives Congress, from winning the presidential election.

“Even if the election is going to be postponed one thousand times, nothing would stop the victory of the APC,” he said. “We are ready to call the bluff of anyone behind the gimmick. We are going to win the elections from top to bottom because the electorate are fed up with a lame-duck presidency.”

He also noted that the postponement had diminished INEC’s credibility towards organising the elections.

He said since INEC had lost its grip as an impartial arbiter, Mr. Jega would be summoned by the Senate to explain its role in effecting the decision to shift the elections.

According to him, it was not the responsibility of the military to interfere in the nation’s electoral process as the military is saddled with the task of defending the territorial integrity of the country.

He called on the people of Kano South Senatorial District to exercise restraint, saying victory was on the side of the APC.


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  • taewo

    What a distraction! They should allow this man to concentrate on his job.

  • Joe

    APC is behaving like a student that got an exam expore from JAMB and suddenly the management changed the exam date and the question papers. I really do not understand why shift of date in this election became so offensive to APC. Did you get an expore from INEC, and PDP came to know about it.

    • Progress

      What about the cost of campaigning and logistics. APC unlike PDP is not looting NNPC mind you!

      • Joe

        APC have access to fund more than PDP my brother. Tinubu’s LIRS, Rivers State allocation from FG, Atiku’s PTDF balance, Bukola Saraki’s society general leftover, all the south west APC governors, excluding Oshio are the main source of monies for APC. So, do not be deceived.

        • Progress

          I ony grace insightful comment response. SW states that are struggling to pay salary cos of the massive looting of the federation account?

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Mark and Tambuwal were in the council of state meeting as representatives of the National Assembly and they should be able to brief their illiterate and unelected attendees of the National of what transpired. That much Jega also said, when asked whether he has briefed the National assembly

  • Change4nigeria

    Jega should sit tight and concentrate on the mandate and deliver a good election. Nothing is wrong if the National Assembly summon him, he just have to do the rightful thing and don’t succumb to Rigging. intimidation from any party.