INEC Chairman Prof. Atthairu Jega Proceeds On Terminal Leave, the Information filtering in from authoritative quarters are of the view that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega has commenced the facilitation of his terminal leave in line with the standard civil service procedures, a grapevine source has said.
An insider who confided in NEWSDAY REPORTERS said that “Jega had to comply with the laid down civil service procedure.” making the speculation rife that the INEC boss may have started the facilitation of his compulsory 3 months terminal leave. The details of the development are however, still sketchy as neither Jega nor the INEC has made any statement on this.
Prof. Attahiru Jega to proceed on pre-retirement leave as reportedly being canvassed by some concerned stakeholders in the polity. The anti-Jega forces had been pushing the presidency to remove the chairman from office, a move that was last night described as dangerous by notable lawyers. The pressure came in the face of heightened tension in the commission over the alleged moves. The chairman’s five-year term comes to an end on June 30 and though he is qualified for re-appointment, the chances of such have become remote given recent allegations of bias against the chairman by campaign officials of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The mood at the headquarters of INEC, weekend, was that of resignation to fate, as most of the officials, adopted a ‘wait-and-see’ disposition over Jega’s fate following claims of surreptitious moves to force the chairman out of office ahead of the first of the national elections on March 28.
The tension followed claims by the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senate caucus of the discovery of a plot by the presidency to send Jega on pre-retirement leave as a way of clearing the way for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to emerge victorious in the forthcoming national elections.A top official of the commission told Vanguard, yesterday that they were still working with the hope that the elections would hold as rescheduled and that the chairman would be allowed to conduct it before going in June.
PDP officials had in recent times kicked against the insistence of the commission to use the card reader and the Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.