INEC Chairman, Prof Jega Rebuffs President Jonathan

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INEC Chairman, Prof Jega

Information available to 247ureports.com through sources within the power corridors in Abuja indicate that all is not well between the President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan and the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC], Prof Attahiru Jega following a rebuff by the INEC chairman of the President yesterday [Saturday January 14, 2012] over the Bayelsa guubernatorial exercise slated for February 2012.

The INEC recently had released thirty five [35] names of cleared candidate toparticipate in the coming gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa State scheduled for February 13, 2012 -of which the name of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] candidate was not included in the list of eligible candidates. The INEC explained it refrained from releasing the name of a PDP candidate because the matter was still under litigation.

But as gathered through a source within the INEC at the Maitama Office in Abuja, the President was uneasy with the exclusion of the PDP candidate from the list. President Jonathan, according to reports, is said to be coronating his choice candidate to fly the PDP banner for the gubernatorial tussle in February 13, 2012- a house of representative member by the name Hon. Dickson.


Through the President’s uneasiness, he reached out to the INEC chairman to impress on him the need to overlook the pending litigation at the Supreme Courts – and include the name of his choice candidate as the PDP candidate. A source indicates that the INEC chairman may have been made offers by the presidency in return for the inclusion of Hon Dickson’s name – of which the source revealed that the INEC chairman reacted out of character in a manner that appear unpleasant to the President.

“The Chairman rebuffed the President” stated the source as he continued to add that the INEC chairman pleasantly warned the President to not ‘repeat’ the request to subvert due process – unless he submits his resignation.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule of the case seating before it – to determine who the real PDP candidate should be – by the end of January 2012.

247ureports.com contacted the INEC through its public affiars office for a comment. The head of the public affair department, Mr. Emmanuel Umenger told our correspondent that “my chairman can not be pressured. Nobody can pressure my chairman. I can assure you that”.

Stay tuned.

14 COMMENTS

  1. They must have grossly underestimated Professor Jega unfortunately for them he is more forthright than they anticipated. Inec must prove their independence by refusing to submit itself as a willing tool to those who are pretending to champion the cause of democracy but are evidently taking steps to derail our nascent democracy. The issue of who becomes the flagbearer of the PDP in Bayelsa state is beyond the PDP as it is under litigation, any step taken to name a candidate without the court’s ruling on it will prejudicial and must not be encouraged in a system that preaches the rule of law.

  2. They must have grossly underestimated Professor Jega unfortunately for them he is more forthright than they anticipated. Inec must prove their independence by refusing to submit itself as a willing tool to those who are pretending to champion the cause of democracy but are evidently taking steps to derail our nascent democracy. The issue of who becomes the flagbearer of the PDP in Bayelsa state is beyond the PDP as it is under litigation, any step taken to name a candidate without the court’s ruling on it will be prejudicial and must not be encouraged in a system that preaches the rule of law.

  3. Prof. If you maintain this moral concept of public responsibility the there may be some hope for trust in our leaders. Thumbs up for you.

  4. Thank u Prof.Jega,dis goes to show dat we still av credible people/leaders in dis country.May God continue to give u d strength nd will to fight those who claim to lead by example bt a wolves in sheep clothn.God bless u Prof.Jega.

  5. Prof. Jega, you’ve stand out in the wilds of Nigeria as a man of integrity and honesty in a society of pretendant,distractors and confusionalist..

  6. U are weldone Prof.Jega! Pls, keep it up. Ur actions are highly commendable. U are a potential president of this federation. We can see u can deliver!

  7. I WILL CHARGE INEC TO IMMEDIATELY DO WHAT IS RIGHT BY ACCEPTING WHO THE PARTY HAS SUBMITTED AS ITS CANDIDATE. INEC CAN NOT CREATE ITS OWN LAW, FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT INEC HAS ALOT OF EXPLANATION EVEN IF THIS IS RECTIFIED. AS IT IS CLEAR SOMETHING HAS GONE UNDER GROUND, NO DOUBT.

  8. if this is true, then i doff my hat 4 d prof. Rule of law and not corrupting tendencies should be d mantra. Nigeria needs more of this if we are to survive as a nation.

  9. Prof. d Prof Keep it up. God is on your side. No weapon formed against you shall ever prosper. It is well with you. My Prof.

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