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Why go against the grains of popular opinion? That is what the so-called South-west Presidential Contact Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party headed by Chief Olabode George has done by its call for the sack of INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega. What has Jega done to warrant a sack?  The committee accused Jega of alleged dereliction of duty and partisan complicity, whatever all that means. The committee claimed Jega has failed in his role as a neutral electoral umpire. What may have been the justification for this allegation? The committee, which met in Lagos under the leadership of former PDP Deputy National Chairman, South, George, did not say. But some of the committee’s ilks in the South-south, under the aegis of the South-south Peoples Assembly, led by Ijaw Leader Edwin Clark, had earlier made the same call for Jega’s removal. The SSPA had said Jega’s INEC bungled the PVC distribution, wondering why PVC collection rate in the North at the time of its call was higher that in the South? Jega’s INEC can defend itself on that. But to lay the blame for the postponement of the February elections on Jega would be unfair given the clear information that it was the security chiefs that demanded a shift in their advice to INEC, saying they could not guarantee security for the elections if held as originally scheduled. So why call for Jega’s head? Many believe Jega has n’t done anything wrong to warrant a sack and among those who believe so is President Jonathan who appointed Jega and in whose interest George and his committee would want the whole world to know they are working.

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