Presidency and South – West governors may replace Jega

February 9, 2015 11:56 am

With
the suspect postponement of the elections due to pressure on , the
Presidency has launched a two-pronged war to ensure that President
Goodluck Jonathan wins the election at all cost.



The
two strategies are to stop Muhammadu Buhari, the APC Presidential
Candidate from contesting for the post of president against Jonathan and
the replacement of the INEC Chairman, , with a less
independent-minded person as soon as possible.

Jega, it was gathered, had been described by hawks around President
Jonathan of being too independent-minded and ‘uncooperative’ despite
being given the job by the president.

Jega might have played into the hands of the evil forces by agreeing to shift the elections…

Legal war to disqualify Buhari
According
to Vanguard, competent sources said that the move to remove Jega and
the legal fireworks against Buhari, would be taken up simultaneously
this week given the timeframe made possible by the shift.

The
retired general is to be prosecuted by a team of legal luminaries for
‘lying on oath’ that he had a school certificate with the Nigerian Army
when he knew that it was untrue. The plaintiffs are said to have settled
for trying Buhari for alleged ‘perjury’ instead of outright
non-possession of certificate following legal advice that the latter
would be more difficult to prove within the time at their disposal.

Vanguard
learnt that although Jega reluctantly succumbed to pressure from the
Presidency and its security chiefs to shift the polls, he might still
not be allowed by the forces to conduct the rescheduled elections
between March 28 and April 11. Vanguard gathered from competent sources
that the Presidency was no longer comfortable with Jega and was,
therefore, working tirelessly to get him out of the commission to pave
the way for a more ‘trusted hand’ to conduct the rescheduled elections.

It
was learnt that the forces arrayed against the INEC boss had convinced
the President not to renew Jega’s tenure, which is expected to lapse on
June 13 this year. The forces, it was learnt, felt that Jega was rather
too ‘difficult’ to deal with, having not allowed himself to be dictated
to by anyone since assuming office like other appointees of the
government.

It was learnt that in a bid to sweep off Jega from
his seat without raising any dust, he would be asked to comply with the
civil service procedure by proceeding on his three months terminal leave
with effect from March 1, this year since he is expected to retire on
June 13.

S-West gov’s brother may replace Jega
Vanguard
gathered that in his place, the Presidency was considering bringing in
another academic from the South-West, who is currently heading a
tertiary institution in the country. The professor of Political Science
and International Relations is said to be a sibling of a serving
governor in the South-West, who is a close ally of President Goodluck
Jonathan and his party.

Competent sources also told Vanguard last
night that although the name of the academic had been made known in
security circles, it was not clear whether the man had been cleared by
the forces with a view to sending his name to the National Assembly for
possible confirmation, as required by law.

Working against Jonathan’s interest
As
a prelude to removing Jega from office, some close allies of the
President had started accusing him of taking side with the opposition to
undermine the success of Jonathan and his party in the next election.
Earlier last week, Jonathan’s godfather, Chief Edwin Clark and other
prominent politicians from the Southern part of the country had accused
Jega of working against the interest of the president and the PDP and
asked him to resign from the commission.

Although no evidence was
adduced by Clark and his group to support their allegation, they
nonetheless called for the arrest of Jega. Similarly, Senior Special
Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, on
Saturday, said Jega had lied about the state of the commission’s
preparedness for the conduct of the election.

In the same vein,
the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Olisa Metuh, accused
INEC of working with the opposition to deny its members of permanent
voter cards in some states. He called on the security agents to probe
the commission over the development.

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