If Jonathan sacks Jega, heavens will not fall — Fayose

Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor.

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has stated that the outbursts of the opposition All Progressives Congress over the possible removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Attahiru Jega, is “mere comedy”, saying “President Goodluck Jonathan can sack Jega if he wishes and if he does, heavens will not fall.”

The spokesperson for the APC, Lai Mohammed, had Wednesday addressed a press conference alleging that there is a plot to transfer a humongous amount of money into the bank account of Mr Jega, and then claim that the money came from one of its national leaders, Bola Tinubu “in order to justify the ongoing plan to sack Prof. Jega so he won’t organize the elections”.

The governor, who said the APC should stop acting as if Nigeria belongs to the it, added that “by turning themselves to advocates and defenders of the INEC chairman, the APC and its agents have shown that they have a deal with Jega to manipulate the elections and that the deal will be frustrated if he is asked to leave office”.

Mr. Fayose said in a release Wednesday, and signed by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, that “removal of Jega and any other appointees of the Federal Government is a prerogative of the president, which no one can question, provided laid down rules are followed”.

He said the position expressed by the House of Representatives was that of the APC members in the House, urging that “the APC lawmakers should rather pay attention to the ill-health of their party’s presidential candidate, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), whose whereabouts is now a mystery”.

The governor described Mr. Jega as partisan, saying, “By his actions and utterances, Jega had already demonstrated his bias in support of the APC. For instance, how can Jega explain the 80 per cent distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in Boko Haram ravaged Borno and Yobe States while less than 40 per cent has been distributed in Lagos as at February 7 that the election was postponed?”

He said, “It is on record that Prof Maurice Iwu was asked to proceed on terminal leave two months to the end of his tenure? Is Jega not a beneficiary of Iwu’s removal? So if Iwu was asked to go on terminal leave before the expiration of his tenure for Jega to assume office, what difference does it make if Jega too is asked to proceed on terminal leave before the expiration of his tenure?”

Speaking further, Governor Fayose said, “It is the president that can determine whether or not Jega will go on the mandatory three months terminal leave which should commence on March 8, and if the president decides that the INEC chairman should go on terminal leave, what can the APC loudmouths do?

“They boasted before the postponement of the elections that they would go on street protests, but did they do anything? They made noise when Justice Isa Ayo Salami was removed from office as president of the Court of Appeal, what did their noise amount to?

“Therefore, let me say it categorically that the noise being made by the APC and their agents will amount to nothing because if the president removes Jega today, heavens will not fall,” Mr. Fayose said.


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  • menas

    Lol…Fayose pls election is not war take am easy

    • bib

      Who told? You no see say na with a division of Nigeria army headed, backed with thousands of sss and policemen den take win election foram .

  • Jake

    I think this guy call Fayose is jonothin god

  • checkmate

    Well Nigerians will determine where Dumbo Jonothing will go come March 28th and then we will see what you will do.

  • George

    The QUESTION IS VERY CLEARD=== “It is on record that Prof Maurice Iwu was asked to proceed on terminal
    leave two months to the end of his tenure? Is Jega not a beneficiary of
    Iwu’s removal? So if Iwu was asked to go on terminal leave before the
    expiration of his tenure for Jega to assume office, what difference does
    it make if Jega too is asked to proceed on terminal leave before the
    expiration of his tenure?”

  • Muhammad Inuwa Baba

    APC as a party and their supporters should please ignore such comments from PDP. This is meant to provocate you to take action that will enable them postpone the election indefinitely. Remain calm and focus on the task ahead of March 28, 2015 and of course April 11, 2015.

  • John

    It is horrible that this scalawag, who is facing a murder and stealing charge is the kind of character misleading this joke of a president. These fools think that Nigeria is still detained by their corrupt interests. With each passing day, it is becoming clearer to the criminal Fayose that he is a gunner. I predict he will proceed on early exile on March 29. Mark it.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Jonathan ought to have sacked Jega a long time ago. Could any INEC chairman have been against baboon OBJ’s party like Jega has been and still retain that position?

    • bib

      GEJ wan win election by crookish means. Jega wan winner of election comout with credible means. You de prefer crookish means?

      • August January

        Are you new on this forum? Don’t you know this yeye omooba is morally bankrupt?

    • Festuso

      Your father is a baboon! So, is your entire dynasty and future lineage!

  • Zola

    I wonder why people still respond to fayose. The guy talks like someone suffering from brain damage. How many governors do you hear talking like him. He is just afraid of the eminent. PRISON.

  • VASSILL

    If its Fayose I don’t take him serious.

  • August January

    Fayose has always been a mentally disarrayed person. I pity Ekiti people for choosing this kind of morally bankrupt person as their number 1 citizen

  • Ogom

    “.. Heaven will not fall”

    This is how a Cheif Executive of a state assesses risk before taking major decision?

    Maybe Jonathan should stop listening to this guy. This kind of village thinking (if I can call it thinking) doesn’t help.

  • kelebook

    This guy shouldn’t be given the opportunity to govern this nation. He will destroy it! He doesn’t have the charisma and mental strength to be a leader. Always playing to the gallery and an embarrassment to the people of Ekiti state.

  • Salako

    Then heaven will not fall when you get arrested come march 28. mumu!

  • Festuso

    Only a crook says heaven will not fall if he commits an illegality. In other words, he is saying if he takes the Law into his own hands heaven will not fall. He has no respect whatsoever for the rule of Law. This was why fate brought him in contact with Obasanjo who dealt with him mercilessly but he is yet to learn any lessons from that encounter. No doubt more harsh experiences await Fayose in future. Question is: How did Nigerians get to this sorry pass of putting crooks and vagabonds in positions of authority? Nigeria is on the way to Somalia….maybe even worse. Lord have mercy!