“Jega not under threat of sack, to conduct 2015 elections”

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega
INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, is not facing any threat of sack, and will lead the Commission to conduct the now rescheduled general elections, his office said Tuesday.

There had been speculations that Mr. Jega might be removed by the Presidency months to the expiration of his five-year tenure.

The Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party are allegedly plotting to remove the INEC Chairman over claims that he had not only become too independent-minded, but had openly blamed the military for the postponement of the elections.

Mr. Jega had last Saturday attributed the postponement of the elections to security challenges in the North East region.

He also said the military and security agencies had informed the commission that they would not provide security if the polls were to hold February.

However, in a telephone interview on Tuesday, Mr. Jega’s media assistant, Kayode Idowu, denied knowledge of moves to ask his boss to proceed on terminal leave preparatory to his exit in June, insisting that the chairman would conduct the rescheduled polls.

“I’m not aware that he is going on terminal leave,” Mr. Idowu told PREMIUM TIMES. “He has an election to conduct. You don’t go on terminal leave when you have an election to conduct.”

Mr. Idowu said the commission regulates its service procedures.

According to him, “INEC shall not be regulated by any other law”.

Under Section 157 of the 1999 Constitution, the chairman of INEC can only be removed by the President “acting on an address supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate praying that he be so removed for inability to discharge the functions of the office (whether arising from infirmity of mind or body or any other cause) or for misconduct”.

The independence of the electoral body is also provided for under the Constitution.


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  • Spoken word

    Crazy people.becuase they want to stay in power forever. They are willing to bring down all national institutions in their way.and they claim we have a democratic government. What a load of rubbish.

  • Arabakpura

    Prof Jega, fear no evil, for the Lord and the masses of Nigeria are with thee!

  • Ige

    This Kayode Idowu is a clueless Press Secretary. What he’s failed to ask himself is this:
    “Was Maurice Iwu removed before time by any presidential address to the Senate?”

  • Ette

    Nigerians must watch every move as we cannot afford to miss this opportunity to vote leaders of our choice. Any attempt to temper with Jega’s tenure should generate impeachment process against the president who is hell bent to drown this country with his incompetence and unbriddled corruption.

  • evi

    Jega must go! He has compromised! First he allowed buhari to submit only affidavit without attaching copies of his academic credentials, as stated by law, then in collaboration with apc, wanted to disenfranchise and reduce the voting strength of voters in the south, that is why inec recorded 80% pvc collection in the core north and even in boko haram stronghold but barely 30% pvc collection in the south, even children, chadians and nigeriens have collected pvc in the north but eligible voters in the south are still struggling to collect pvc

  • ummi bala

    I have always said that all those rooting “Mr Integrity” would be wasting their precious lives campaigning and voting who does not mean well for this country. 2011, he made some incendiary statements, violence erupted in the north as the aftermath of the election. Now he is calling on the military to over if he doesn’t win the forthcoming election. He’s totally anti democratic. Vote GOODLUCK, vote Transformation. #GEJ4Naija
    aija

  • ummi bala

    Jega must go! He has compromised! First he allowed buhari to submit only affidavit without attaching copies of his academic credentials, as stated by law, then in collaboration with apc, wanted to disenfranchise and reduce the voting strength of voters in the south, that is why inec recorded 80% pvc collection in the core north and even in boko haram stronghold but barely 30% pvc collection in the south, even children, chadians and nigeriens have collected pvc in the north but eligible voters in the south are still struggling to collect pvc #gej4naija

  • ummi bala

    The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, is not facing any threat of sack, and will lead the Commission to conduct the now rescheduled general elections, his office said Tuesday.#gej4naija

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    .WHY IS PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN SO DAFT AND SO STUUPID ?

    The bulk stops at Jonathan’s table.

    I would have expected that all that Jonathan needed to do was to use his executive powers to ascertain if Jega is truly ready for the election.

    If it is true that Jega was not truly ready for the election but still wanted to go ahead with it …… then a right thinking President who knows that he will take all of the blame if Jega fails ………. would quickly ask Jega to step aside or commence terminal leave while a new team is put together to conduct the election.

    At the same time the state of things in INEC is made public for all to see that the President acted in good faith.

    There must be a thorough and comprehensive audit of INEC to ascertain the true state of things at INEC.

    This is what I had expected a responsible President to do …….. it is shame that the Presidency and PDP are buying pages of Newspapers to ask Jega hopeless questions and tell us that INEC was not ready when matters of this nature are within the executive powers of the President to ascertain and deal with in the best interest of the nation.

  • FrNinja

    Nigeria is already in trouble. Oil revenue in 2016 contributes less than $20 billion to government coffers or the equivalent of around $120 per citizen. With an infrastructural deficit of well over $50 billion Nigeria is in a hole it cannot get out of easily even for diversification. Unfortunately, for Nigerian elites professing unity like Wall Street banks that were deemed to big to fail, Nigeria’s implosion is imminent because the state has not justified its existence. The troubled ethnic tensions can only widen in the years ahead giving groups the idea of opting out of a federation that has only enriched politicians at the center while pauperizing everybody else.