By Samuel Ogundipe,
The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has called on Professor Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, to either change his tactics or vacate his position.
In a scathing statement issued in Lagos at the weekend by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, the group said its attention had been drawn to a query Professor Jega allegedly issued mostly to Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) across the Southern part of the country, an action it said is capable of destabilising the country ahead of the 2015 polls.
“The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the query the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, reportedly issued to mostly Southern resident electoral commissioners over his botched attempt to create lopsided 30,000 new polling units.
“The query dripping with venom was issued the very day Jega announced the suspension of the controversial exercise.”
The group also warned that INEC’s action, if established, would have a far reaching adverse effect on the country than the Boko Haram sect.
“If it was true that the said query was issued on sectional focus, on matter in which the INEC chairman betrayed unpardonable primordial insensitivity, we are bound to conclude that Prof. Jega is becoming more dreadful to the health of the polity than the murderous Boko Haram.
“Even without its lopsidednes in favour of Jega’s region of the country, the whole idea of creating new polling units a few months to election was a product of inferior scholarship on election for a man from intellectual region hailed across the country as a ‘man of integrity’ when he was nominated for the job in 2010.
“It is equally baffling that rather than addressing the glaring incompetences of INEC which have seen it bungling the distribution of PVCs for data captured four years ago, Jega would now be occupied with fighting a war of attrition within the commission.”
It, therefore, urged the chairman to either withdraw the query or resign.
“In the light of this, Afenifere advises Jega to withdraw the query immediately and concentrate on plans for the elections. However if he is far too gone into his sectional agenda, he should step aside from INEC and move over to any of the fora promoting what he desires.