Goodluck Jonathan No plan to remove INEC Chairman, President says

President Goodluck Jonathan stated this during an interview with Al Jazeera which aired on Monday, March 2.

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Al Jazeera.

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President Goodluck Jonathan has said that contrary to widespread reports, he has no intention of removing the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega.

Jonathan stated this during an interview with Al-Jazeera which aired on Monday, March 2.

“Except somebody is insinuating that the Chairman has done something wrong. You cannot change an officer, except the person has done something wrong,” Jonathan said when asked if it was true that he was planning to remove Jega.

“Government, whether at the federal or state level, president or governor, does not wake up and change somebody, especially somebody like the INEC Chairman, except that person has done something wrong,” Jonathan added.

“INEC is a very sensitive body. For me to change INEC Chairman, Nigerians and non-Nigerians will ask questions. So, you cannot wake up and change INEC Chairman. I have never discussed with any person on earth about changing INEC Chairman,” the President said.

Rumours of Jega’s impending removal have been rife since the postponement of the general elections in February.

Watch the interview below:

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