- Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, believes that former INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, saved Nigeria's democracy from collapse in 2015
- Shehu says things would have gone wrong for the country politically had Jega failed to declare Buhari the rightful winner of the 2015 presidential election
- The media aide says Jega's refusal to bow to pressure from elements in the Jonathan administration that wanted to hold to power was a democracy-saver
The senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu has claimed that former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, saved the country's democracy from collapse in 2015.
Shehu said Jega did this by refusing to cave in to pressure to deny President Buhari his victory in the 2015 general elections.
Channels TV reports that the presidential aide made this submission on Tuesday, December 31 while speaking on a live programme at the television station analysing the major political activities of the last decade which ended at midnight that day.
Shehu claimed that Nigeria's democracy would have collapsed had Jega not stood his ground to deliver a free and fair election.
He said: “We thank God for Jega and the civil society activism at that time because if Jega had caved in, this democracy would have collapsed at that time.
“So, it is an interesting time that we had lived through and then, it tells a story of the resilience of our democracy and that we shouldn’t just toy with it. It didn’t come cheap, it didn’t come easy.”
He said the pressure on Jega was exerted by people in the previous administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who wanted to hold on to power.
He said they eventually new they had lost as they collated results from the lowest polling units to the national level.
"It was an attempt to grab power or to hold on to power by regime elements or beneficiaries of the system who saw defeat staring them in the face.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that President Buhari, on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, promised that he would not stay an extra day after his second term tenure officially ends on May 29, 2023.
The president said this in a nation-wide broadcast to the nation through a speech that was obtained by Legit.ng.
The president also used the opportunity to mention some of the achievements of his administration so far just as he led the citizens into the government's plans in the new year and beyond.
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