PDP Say They Have Confidence In Jega
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have reportedly changed their position regarding the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Attahiru Jega.
It had been previously alleged that the presidency were plotting to remove Jega from his position before the conduct of the postponed elections.
According to Leadership, the government seems to have made a u-turn from its earlier stance and passed a vote of confidence in Jega.
The party chairman, Dr Adamu Mu’azu, clarified the PDP's position as he briefed journalists in Abuja on February 12.
During his speech, Mu'azu expressed confidence that Jega would deliver free and fair elections.
"I want you to know that President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Prof Jega and his team to INEC’s leadership. I am sure the president thought very well before he appointed them.
"Secondly, you have asked me about my confidence in Jega; my answer is not far-fetched. At the press briefing, as a candidate Jonathan stated his confidence in Jega, and he is the candidate of my party.
"We have confidence in Jega; that his team will conduct a very free, fair, transparent and credible election in the country."
Mu'azu also commented on the purported endorsement by former president Olusegun Obasanjo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), expressing doubt that Obasanjo would seek to bring down the PDP which he helped to build.
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"I consider that a rumour. I know he is more sagacious and experienced than that, and I have no doubt in my mind that he still remains not just our party member but one of our revered party leaders in PDP.
"And if you recall his last letter to the president, he was totally against anti-party (activities). I have no doubt that he would want to practise anti-party (activities) himself, unless I see and confirm beyond reasonable doubt that he said it. I am not holding brief for him but I know he will not engage in anti-party (activities).
"Because from my record he is still in my party and I am sure he will not associated himself with the destruction of the very house he has built."
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Regarding the issue of security, and how it will be handled within the 6-week period for which the polls were shifted, Mu'azu said:
"I don’t know what it cost us, I assure you, but your contributions to us will be appreciated. When we know, we will let you know and you widows mite will be welcome."
Both the INEC and the presidency had previously denied allegations about plans to sack Jega, while some reports said that Jega was already cooperating with the APC.