Nigerian civil societies worry over attacks on Jega

Attahiru Jega

A group of civil society organisations under the platform of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room on Tuesday expressed worry over what it described as “personalized attacks” on the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, as well as persistent call for his removal ahead of the general elections by politicians.

This, according to Situation Room, in a statement on Tuesday, violates Section I57 of the Nigerian Constitution which guarantees the independence of INEC.

It said the attacks fell far outside the bounds of fair exchanges, adding that political stakeholders should show “appropriate respect for the role of INEC, its independence, and the channels for appropriate discourse”.

The Situation Room said if Mr. Jega is actually sent on a disengagement leave before March 28 and April 11 elections, the public would lose confidence in the Commission.

 “Situation Room believes that the persistence of rumours of the Chairman’s removal is damaging to the polity and public confidence that the entire national leadership of INEC is free from threat.
“There are other National Commissioners appointed at the same time as the Chairman and stories implying that the Chairman should proceed on terminal leave lead to an inevitable conclusion that INEC’s leadership faces a threat at a time when no hint of interference should even be implied,” it said.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday on Aljazeera TV, insisted that he has no plan of sacking Mr. Jega ahead of the elections, noting that there will be public outcry if that happens.

“I have never discussed with anybody on this earth about changing INEC Chairman,” Mr Jonathan said.

To this, the Situation Room said, “We welcome the President’s statement on Al Jazeera TV that he has no intention of removing the INEC Chairman and hope that he can extend this assurance to make it clear that no back door attempts to remove or undermine the leadership INEC will be tolerated by his administration.”


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  • Joe

    Civil society group, Jega is the cause of his problems. He allowed himself to used by prof Ango Abdullahi and Tinubu. What dies Jega mean by adding 30,000 new polling units with 22,000 in the north and 8,000 in the entire south?. Again, the PVC distribution is very glaring to be one sided. Up till this moment many lagosians could not get their pvcs.

    • Jt

      how does that concern jaga

  • evi

    These apc sponsored cut and nail civil society is a disgrace for even defending Jega.Jega should be sacked without benefits and prosecuted, am sure the billions apc bribed him with to disenfranchise 23 million voters from the south so as to hand buhari victory through the backdoor will enable him retire to the dustbin of history .

  • Wale Adegoke

    Cash and carry situation room. Shameless people calling themselves civil society but in actual sense they are evil society. All of them are on the pay roll of Jega. Where were this characters when Prof Iwu was sent on terminal leave? They are shouting in support of Jegajaga because he is paying money the sum of five million naira monthly to each one of them from INEC accounts department using e-payment. The records and documents are there in INEC.

  • Otile

    Jega is corrupt to the teeth.

  • JibrilMusagroup

    INEC must not be in a hurry to “throw the country into confusion and turmoil by conducting election amidst mirage of complaints of non-availability of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs. President Goodluck Jonathan Is constantly looking out for Nigerians, he always has our interest at heart. The result has beenthat elections in Nigeria under President Goodluck watch have been credible and transparent as has been attested to by local and international observers. Vote President Goodluck for transformation. #goodluck4president

  • Yisabella Ekwealor

    It seems the APC will launch any kind of nasty rumours to sink GEJ’s message. AS they can not confront his arguments, they will put words in his mouth that he never said. Not the most glorious way to run an election.

  • Victor Okonkwo

    After trying to have us think GEJ wanted Jega out, the latest news is that APC backers are now opposing Jega themselves. They have no shame.

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