Anambra Polls: ‘Jonathan cannot sack Jega’ – Presidency


The Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak has responded to calls for the President to sack Attahiru Jega, Chairman of INEC over the shoddy elections conducted in Anambra.

Gulak said President Jonathan would not sack the electoral body’s boss and accused the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) as being responsible for the confusion caused during the election by “importing thugs from Lagos and Osun.”

Gulak said, “The call is very laughable. It was the APC that ‘imported’ thugs from Lagos and Osun states. Security operatives arrested them and we all saw them.

“The APC people cannot be beneficiary of their own bad acts. So on that, the President will not sack Jega.

“I wonder if those making the calls are familiar with the provision. Jega can only be sacked through the process that he was appointed. The Senate must approve such decision before it can be carried out.”

Meanwhile the Conference  of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) demanded Jega’s removal or resignation over the poor conduct of the Anambra elections.

CNPP spokesman, Osita Okechukwu said, “Over 20,000 security agents were deployed; INEC will not have the luxury of deploying such a number of security agents to all the states in 2015.

“We are asking for his resignation or removal because it is either he is grossly inept or grossly lacking capacity or he is complicit; either of them is dangerous for 2015.

“If he has any of these features, it is dangerous for him to preside over the 2015 general elections. Imagine a situation where voters in Kano, Lagos, Aba, and Port-Harcourt, come to the polling station in 2015 and then their names are deleted from the register, can you imagine the mayhem?”

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