I Will Not Accept 2nd Tenure – Jega


The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, has declared that he would not serve another term as boss of the electoral body when his first tenure expires in June, even if he is asked.

Speaking in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Hausa) last night which was monitored by our reporter in Abuja, Jega said having played his role in the political space for five years, it was time another person was given the chance to contribute his own quota.

The nation’s chief electoral officer in the just-concluded March 28 presidential election acknowledged that the task of leading INEC was a difficult one, and said he was not interested in tenure renewal and would not accept an offer of extension.

“I am grateful to God. I was asked to come and contribute my own quota to the national development and I have done my bit to the best of my ability.

“Whatever assignment one will do for five years – just like this difficult one, to me if one is able to successfully accomplish the task, someone else should be given the opportunity, because for me I am not interested and if I am requested to serve again, I will not do it, by God’s grace,” Jega said.

He noted that the introduction of the card reader device in the 2015 general elections had significantly helped to make the presidential election transparent, adding that there were few challenges that would be looked into in the forthcoming governorship/state assembly elections, including late coming attitude of electoral officials to polling centres.

Commenting on the allegations of bias against him by PDP chieftain, Mr Godsday Orubebe, at the National Collation Centre in Abuja on Tuesday, Jega said he was unperturbed because he knew he had nothing to hide.

“I maintained my calmness because I knew all the allegations were false. There is nothing that frightens me or disturbs me because, of all our actions, we have explanations for them,” he added.

Jega was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010 to replace Prof Maurice Iwu. His five-year tenure elapses in June this year.

2 Replies to “I Will Not Accept 2nd Tenure – Jega”

  1. Jega Pls don’t say you don’t want 2nd tenure even if you were ask to do so,while is now Nigeria needs You morethan before,because now You have more power and capability for good transformation.

    1. I feel very sad for Nigerians because most of us do not utnndreasd the gravity of what we have done to ourselves. I will continue to remind all those who care to listen, that fuel subsidy does not support economic growth and investment. This can not be denied.Our President and his economic team have toiled day and night to come up with a blueprint that will transmit the amount we spend on subsidies ($8billion) to investment in projects that will have a profound impact on the economy. Instead of the masses to show utnndreasding, we went on a stupid mass protest.As this year progresses, thousands of graduates from all over Nigeria will enter the Labour market in search of job opportunities but please tell me if the jobs will fall from the sky?? Why not allow the President to undertake policies that will promote investments which will consequently lead to employment opportunities. An investment in new power plants, roads, infrastructure among others will create jobs for you and i, not subsidy of imported fuel! As for those who are behaving as if they utnndreasd Economics more than Mrs Ngozi and Mallam Sanusi should please come up with a blueprint that can address the state of our economy which has been dislocated for many years. Also remember to include the payments of $8 billion as fuel subsidy for the oil merchants in your blueprint. Let us stop hiding under the canopy that our leaders can not be trusted as a method to resist change, don’t give me that scrap! Even Buhari and bakare would have done the same.Also, the poor people that we are all trying to defend does not need fuel subsidy since the is no correlation between fuel subsidy and poverty reduction. This can not be denied. What they need is; employment, food, family planning, capital to start business, education, mortgage finance and access to health facilities.I have a lot to say but there is no point since we are not ready for change.

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