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PDP Dissociates Self From Fayose’s Comment On Jega’s Sack

From Ganiyu Nasirudeen – A section of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership has distanced itself from the statement credited to Ekiti State Governor; Mr. Ayodele Fayose, on the prerogative of President Goodluck Jontahan to sack the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega.

PDP Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, while speaking with journalists in FCT, Abuja Thursday, clarified that the party did not have issue with Professor Jega, adding that opinion expressed by the Governor was personal and not in any way represented the party’s view on the much speculated sack.

Prince Secondus denied the rumour that the ruling PDP was pressuring Mr. President to dismiss Professor Jega. He also emphasized that there was no such plan in the party, saying the PDP had absolute confidence in INEC and its leadership.

The PDP leader who assured that his party would not bribe to secure victory for President Jonathan said the party was ready for the rescheduled elections, as well as informed that the party’s campaign has been decentralized from wards to the polling units.

Contrary to the latest declaration by the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization Head of Media and Publicity, Femi Fani – Kayode on the party’s opposition to its use, Prince Secondus stated his party was not afraid of the plan to use card readers for voting accreditation.

The Chieftain accused of the opposition APC of misinforming the general public, adding that the ruling party’s position was that the INEC should test run the device and ensure it was in perfect condition, so as to avoid running into problems during elections.

“This is the position of the party and I want to make it clear to Nigerians that the PDP is not against the card reader but we urge INEC to test run them so that they will be in perfect condition on election days” stressed Prince Secondus.

It would be recalled the controversial Governor had Wednesday declared that Mr. President preserved the right to show Professor Jega the way out. He did the same in advert Thursday, which he sponsored, saying heavens would not fall if Jega was sacked.


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