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Ayo Fayose Governor says APC wanted Jega sacked last year

Fayose accused the APC of openly calling for Jega’s sack last year and wondered why the opposition party was suddenly intent on keeping the chairman in office.

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Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State

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Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has questioned the sudden interest of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Attahiru Jega.

Fayose accused the APC of openly calling for Jega’s sack last year and wondered why the opposition party was suddenly intent on keeping the chairman in office.

The governor expressed the sentiments via a statement released on Wednesday, March 11, by his media aide, Lere Olayinka.

The statement reads:

“Nigerians must ask Buhari, Tinubu and other APC leaders, who led street protest against Jega, carrying placards with inscriptions such as ‘INEC not fit to conduct 2015 election’, ‘2015: No hope with Jega,’ what has changed about Jega’s credibility.”

“Has the same Jega that they said cannot conduct the 2015 elections ceased from being a bad person? APC lost the Anambra election and took to the streets in Abuja, calling for Jega’s head.”

“Is the INEC boss now doing their biddings because the APC will only stand against any individual or organisation that refused to be corrupted? “No doubt, the hullaballoo of the APC and its agents concerning Jega’s position is suspect.”

“It is laughable that the same Fayemi who, as Ekiti State governor sacked the Vice Chancellor and two Deputy Vice Chancellors of the State University, as well as Chairmen and members of statutory commissions is the one sermonising about legality or otherwise of asking Jega to proceed on terminal leave.”

“Fayemi, as governor sacked democratically elected Local Council chairmen and councillors… Chief Adeleye Awolumate [died] in the process of enforcing his illegal action.”

“He sacked the Ekiti State University Vice Chancellor, Prof Dipo Kolawole via radio announcement, and dissolved statutory boards and commissions. Even when Courts ruled that his actions were illegal and unconstitutional, he refused to reinstate them.”

“Isn’t it shameful and hypocritical that the same Fayemi is the one saying his party was fighting against the move to remove Jega because it amounted to breach of the law?”

Reports have it that the Presidency is planning to remove Jega but the APC has strongly contested the proposed decision attributing it to a plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the elections.

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