Heaven Won’t Fall If Jonathan Sacks Jega -Fayose

Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, says heaven will not fall if Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Rumours that Jega could be sent on compulsory terminal leave have been generating public debate, with the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleging that Jonathan was planning to frame the INEC chairman up in order to remove him.
Fayose says APC’s “outburst” is “mere comedy”. “By turning themselves to advocates and defenders of the INEC chairman, the APC and its agents have shown that they have a deal with Jega to manipulate the elections and that the deal will be frustrated if he is asked to leave office,” he said in a statement released by him media team on Wednesday.
“Removal of Jega and any other appointees of the Federal Government is a prerogative of the president, which no one can question, provided laid down rules are followed.”
He said the position expressed by the house of representatives was that of the APC members in the house, urging that “the APC lawmakers should rather pay attention to the ill-health of their party’s presidential candidate, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), whose whereabouts is now a mystery.”
Fayose described Jega as partisan, saying: “By his actions and utterances, Jega had already demonstrated his bias in support of the APC.
For instance, how can Jega explain the 80 percent distribution of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in Boko Haram ravaged Borno and Yobe states while less than 40 percent distributed in Lagos as at February 7 that the election was postponed?”
“It is on record that Prof Maurice Iwu was asked to proceed on terminal leave two months to the end of his tenure? Is Jega not a beneficiary of Iwu’s removal? So if Iwu was asked to go on terminal leave before the expiration of his tenure for Jega to assume office, what difference does it make if Jega too is asked to proceed on terminal leave before the expiration of his tenure? “It is the president that can determine whether or not Jega will go on the mandatory three months terminal leave which should commence on 8 March, and if the president decides that the INEC chairman should go on terminal leave, what can the APC loudmouths do?
“They boasted before the postponement of the elections that they would go on street protests, but did they do anything? They made noise when Justice Isa Ayo Salami was removed from office as president of the Court of Appeal, what did their noise amount to?”


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