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Why Jega Must Be Sacked – Odia Ofeimun

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Nigerian poet, Odia Ofeimun wants Attahiru Jega,
chairman of the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) sacked as he noted that Jega has
shown that he is not capable of conducting a decent
election.
“Before the elections were postponed, the umpire had
assured Nigerians that he was ready, only for everyone
to discover that about 23 million, one-third of the
people that were supposed to vote, had no voters’
card,” Ofeimun told SaharaTV on the sidelines of the
8th Pan African Congress held in Ghana.
“The fact that the electoral commissioner can make
such a public comment in my view meant that ought to
be sacked.
“If it holds on March 28 without the proper resolution of
proper disenfranchisement of so many Nigerians, I will
continue to say for the rest of life that it was a rigged
election. The reason is this, the card readers makes
rigging impossible. Look, if you want to distribute
voters cards in 10 days, it is possible because when
they are doing census, they have enumerators who go
door to door. Why can’t INEC do it?
“In my own part of Lagos, you need only about 2
enumerators; they will go from house to house. You
know how I got my own card? Somebody who has seen
it told me about it and another one brought it for me.
What that tells is that it was actually possible for a
distribution to have taken place and the man who
brought me the card has exposed one edge of the
problem and that problem is that anybody can go there
and collect the voters’ card.
“What that means is also that politically interested
Nigerians actually prevent those cards from being
distributed were their parties are weak and that for me
is a serious matter. And that for me is exactly what
Jega should have avoided.
“What makes it painful is that opponents of Jega have
been saying he surrounded himself with people of
particular ethnic colour. Then he moved beyond that, he
created so many more polling booths in an unusual
way. A larger one to one part of the country and a
smaller part to another part and people were already
complaining about this before this misdistribution of
PVC where in one area had 80.1 distribution and places
that were at peace had 40 and 38 percent distribution,”
the poet noted.

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