Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has described outbursts of the public and the All Progressives Congress over the possible removal of the Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega as “mere comedy,”
Gov. Fayose said; “President Goodluck Jonathan can sack Jega if he wishes and if he does, heavens will not fall.”
The governor, who said the APC should stop acting as if Nigeria belongs to the party, added that; “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.”
Governor Fayose said in a release issued on Wednesday, and signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, that “removal of Jega and any other appointee 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 Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), whose whereabouts is now a mystery.”
The governor described Jega as partisan, saying that “By his actions and utterances, Jega had already demonstrated his bias in support of the APC citing the instance of 80% distribution of Permanent Voters Card 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”
Speaking further, Governor Fayose said; “it is the president that can determine whether or not Jega will go on the mandatory three months terminal leave which should commence on March 8, and if the president decides that the INEC chairman should go on terminal leave, what can the APC loudmouths do?