Why we asked Osun INEC REC to step down – Jega

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega

Mr. Jega said the commission believed that credible election could be conducted in the country with the involvement of all stakeholders.

The Chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, has described as difficult and painful but realistic the decision to send another Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, to conduct the Osun governorship election.

Mr. Jega made the observation at a dialogue with news managers titled, Experience Sharing Dialogue with Media Professionals in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the decision was made to minimise, if not totally eliminate, allegation of lack of level playing ground.

“INEC is convinced that our REC, Amb. Rufus Akeju, has done nothing wrong, unfortunately, some people have obtained a High Court injunction to prevent him from conducting the election. We have appealed against that judgment but again people are trying to politicise his continued role in the conduct of election in Ekiti. The commission has to take the painful decision rather than allowing the allegation to continue to circumscribe the conduct of the election, let get another REC to conduct the election. As we are concern, we allegations against him have not been substantiated,” Mr. Jega said.

The chairman said it was not the first time the commission would make such decision; it had been done in other states in the past.

Mr. Jega, who said Mr. Akeju still remained the REC of Osun, added that the commission had improved on its preparation for the conduct of the August 9, governorship election.

“We are doing everything possible not only to create a level playing field, but to also improve the perception of people with regards to achieve credible election in Osun,” he said.

The chairman said that the commission had been collaborating with security agencies and the National Youth Service Corps and other stakeholders.

He said this was to ensure that the role of these stakeholders in the electoral process added tremendous value to the successful conduct of the election.

“Our assessment is that everything is on course in Osun State to have free, fair and credible election on August 9. What remains is for the politicians and candidates to come into this election with a positive attitude, commitment to peaceful election by eschewing all forms of violence and ensure credible election,” he said.

Mr. Jega said the commission believed that credible election could be conducted in the country with the involvement of all stakeholders.



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  • Jika

    Where I come from, there is a saying that ‘You can’t give what you don’t have’. As far I am concerned,INEC as presently constituted, lacks credibility and, can therefore not be trusted to conduct ANY CREDIBLE ELECTION.

  • Wähala

    Jega is as corrupt as sin… even worse than Iwu. He’s a PDP agent and must be sacked for a credible 2015 general elections to take place. In Anambra Guber, only 500,000 out of 1.5m registered voters actually voted; in Ekiti, only 300,000 out of 750,000 registered voters cast their ballots… it’s a carefully orchestrated trend to disenfranchise as many registered voters as possible in non-PDP enclaves, thus, unfairly creating a rugged playing field. Jega is a biased or compromised umpire.

  • Ijeuwa

    If the opposition wants to have a free and fair election, they must necessarily unmask the crook called Jega and his foot soldiers. The time to do it is now, not in 2015. Let the INEC chair and principal officers be appointed by a neutral body as recommended by the Uwais commission. Anything short of that, we’ll see the repeat of 2011 and Ekiti all over again. Why didn’t Jega tender his electoral materials for inspection when it was asked for after the 2011 election? Jega must go and his replacement must not be appointed by the president. I mean, how do you expect an appointee of the president not to do his bidding? Jega should’ve refused to conduct the elections after it was heavily militarized…Jega is a hypocrite.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    INEC led by Professor Attahiru Jega is a PDP-president Ebele Jonathan’s lackey as Jega has turned INEC which was supposed to be neutral in partisan politic to an extension of PDP president Ebele Jonathan presidency.Jega is corrupt-ridden,non-transparent and partisan in support of PDP and closes his eyes to any PDP president Jonathan violation of 1999 electoral law as Mr Jonathan as wife keeps campaigning even though there is ban on campaign for 2015 elections.