Thursday, 5 March 2015

Fayose: Heaven Won’t Fall If Jega is Sacked

 Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan will not breach the constitution to protect the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega,  adding that heaven will not fall if the chief electoral officer is sacked.

Fayose described the outbursts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the country would boil if Jega is removed as a mere comedy, saying; “President Jonathan can sack the INEC boss  if he wishes and if he does, heaven will not fall.”
Controversies have trailed the allegation that Jega, whose tenure expires on June 6, might be asked to proceed on terminal leave on March 6, which the APC had branded a ploy to rig the March 28 elections, vowing that it would resist such rumoured sinister intention.
But the governor said it was apparent that the APC had a secret deal with Jega with the way it has been virulently defending the INEC boss, urging the party to  stop acting as if Nigeria belongs to it.

“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.”
In a statement issued yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public

Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said:  “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 Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), whose whereabouts is now a mystery.”

The governor described 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 Voters Card (PVC) in Boko Haram ravaged Borno and Yobe States while less than 40 per cent 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?”

SOURCE - Thisdaylive

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