Friday, 31 January 2014

Tinubu Warns Jega: Conduct Free, Fair Elections, Or Loose Your Job

Former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Thursday berated the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Atahiru Jega, on his recent comment that Nigerians should not expect perfect election in 2015.

He urged the INEC boss to resign if he cannot guarantee a perfect election.

Speaking with newsmen after the All Progressive Congress (APC) membership registration sensitisation meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Lagos, Tinubu, said with such comment, “Jega is already admitting failure and laying foundation for failure.

“If he can’t do the job, let him quit. What do we pay him for? A perfect election makes a perfect society. We must strive to give the people what they want.“It has to be a perfect election in 2015, it has to be 99.9 per cent perfect. If he wants to lecture again about perfect and imperfection of electoral process, let him go back to the university”, Tinubu said.

While lamenting that the country ought to have learnt enough from the conduct of past elections, the APC National Leader flayed the constant overseas trips of the INEC boss.

“Jega is presently moving from one country to the other. Is he saying that he has not learnt enough from this country, to give us a perfect election? “He is in America now, gallivanting around the countries. Is it the estacodes of his speeches that is enough for us? “If he has not learnt from these countries in the last few years, then we can excuse him,” he said.

On the series of defection of members of PDP to APC in the National Assembly, Tinubu submitted that the lawmakers have the right to chose their alliance as it suits the mandate given to them by the people.

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