Gov Fayose Speaks Up About Jega's Replacement
Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, described the outbursts of the opposition the APC over the possible removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, as “mere comedy”.
According to the Premium Times, Mr. Fayose said that “President Goodluck Jonathan can sack Jega if he wishes and if he does, heavens will not fall".
On March 4, the spokesperson for the APC, Lai Mohammed, had addressed a press conference alleging that there is a plot to transfer a humongous amount of money into the bank account of Mr. Jega, and then claim that the money came from Bola Tinubu “in order to justify the ongoing plan to sack Prof. Jega so he won’t organize the elections”.
The governor, reportedly, added that “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 press release signed by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Mr. Fayose said that “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”.
The governor described Mr. Jega as partisan, adding that “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 Voter Cards (PVC) in Boko Haram ravaged Borno and Yobe States while less than 40 per cent has been distributed in Lagos as at February 7 that the election was postponed?” Fayose said. Details on the Premium Times.