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Alliance for Democracy calls for Jega’s Sack, Okay Planned National Confab

Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

One of Nigeria’s opposition parties, Alliance for Democracy, AD, has expressed reservations over the ability of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to conduct a credible governorship election in Anambra State, this year, calling for his sack.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

The party said its doubt is due to alleged illegalities perpetuated by the Jega’s led commission.

In a press statement made available to newsmen in Enugu at the end of its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting, the AD declared that as long as Jega remains in INEC, Nigerians should not expect a free and fair polls in Anambra State, let alone the 2015 general elections.

The statement signed by national chairman of the party, Rev. Okechukwu Obioha accused the INEC boss, of disregarding court judgments with impunity, stressing that under such situation, he lacked the credibility to preside over any election in Nigeria.

The AD helmsman alleged that the INEC under Jega was in the habit of choosing which court order to obey, saying “why is the INEC under Prof. Jega disobeying court judgments? Why being corrupt by exhibiting a very high level of political rascality” he queried?

The party NEC applauded President Goodluck Jonathan over the planned national conference, describing it as timely and necessary towards the continuous existence of Nigeria.

“We support the recent bold position and the inauguration of the committee for the National Conference chaired by Senator Dr. Femi Okorumu. We share on the wisdom and courage of President Goodluck Jonathan, for this jaw-jawa cannot come on a time other than now.”

Commenting on the lingering ASUU strike, the party described it as disturbing and worrisome, noting that “while we admit and appreciate that the Federal Government has extended an olive branch to the striking lecturers, we do plead that the government should in the interest of parents and students use the gains of SURE-P to intervene so that our children will go back to school without delay.”

While it commended the President’s transformation efforts, it decried the alarming level of corruption under Jonathan’s leadership.

“The Nigerian society is very much awash with so much show of ill-gotten wealth. Institutions of anti-corruption should show why they should not be scrapped.” the party declared.



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