Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega, has stated that unless politicians do away with their do-or-die attitude and crooked means of winning elections at all cost, the credibility of elections would always be undermined. He lamented that the greatest challenge towards the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria, is the general tendency among some politicians who are bent on winning election by hook or by crook, stressing that unless the politicians changed their unpatriotic attitude, the integrity of elections will always be undermined no matter the efforts of the commission in ensuring credible elections. Jega who featured as a guest on the personality progrmme of the Kaduna-based Liberty radio maintained that some of these politician always want to persuade the officials of the commission to do them favour, adding that if such overtures fail, the politicians will want to intimidate, harass or threaten the officials. This, according to him, is “obviously the mentality of do or die, or winning by hook or crook means which is a dominant tendency in the mindset of politicians in Nigeria. Jega said “this has to change because if it does not change, no matter what adequate and efficient preparation of the commission the integrity of the election will always be undermined.” He however said nobody has ever intimidated or attempted to influence or bribe him to manipulate elections results in the country.
Ado Ekiti – Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, weekend, challenged any of the council workers who might have been sacked wrongly to forward the letter of protest to his office. He said that government was ready to revert such sack immediately. It was being rumoured had that the state government had disengaged no fewer […]
Hon. Henry Ofongo is no doubt President Goodluck Jonathan’s man friday. He represents Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency of Bayelsa State, the home country of the President. In this interview, he told Saturday Vanguard that the PDP still leads the National Assembly. With the defection of the 5 Governors from your political party, the Peoples Democratic […]
General Victor Malu (rtd) is now doing well after a long battle with ill-health. Or have people forgotten so soon the tough and courageous officer who was appointed to the powerful post of Chief of Army Staff by former President Obasanjo in 1999? A bit of mental juggling would not be out of place. General […]