By Samuel Ogundipe
Federal ministerial nominee and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has called on the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to resign his position with immediate effect, accusing the chief electoral umpire of arrogance and executive recklessness.
“Jega’s arrogance has no place in public office,” he said.
In an interview with Classic FM which was monitored in Lagos early Saturday, the former deputy defence minister further raised the alarm that INEC has been infiltrated by the opposition parties.
“APC is in connivance with Jega. APC has infiltrated INEC,“ he alleges.
He said even as the Minister of State for Defence, a petition he sent to the INEC chairman was never acknowledged.
“There was a time I wrote a petition to Jega when I was still minister, Jega did not even acknowledge it.”
Another allegation he leveled against INEC was the distribution of PVCs in Lagos State, which he said has been compromised because the commission puts APC sympathisers in charge of distribution of the critical voting material to market women in the state.
“It doesn’t make sense to hand over PVCs to Iyalojas (market chiefs). If you’re not voting for Buhari, they will tell you your PVC is missing.”
He, therefore, called on the INEC chief to submit his resignation letter.
“Jega has failed. He should resign,” he demanded.
Professor Jega is expected to address the nation at this hour on the preparedness of his commission towards the general elections scheduled to hold this month. Discrepancy in distribution of PVCs to registered voters tops the list of worries about the commission’s readiness.