The new plan: RECs to vote out Jega in tommorrow’s meeting

RECs Might Pass Vote of No Confidence on Jega as Meeting Holds Wednesday

Twenty eight days to the rescheduled general election, concerns are still mounting over the possible ouster of Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega as it has emerged that some Resident Electoral Commissioners might pass a vote of no confidence against Jega as a meeting is scheduled to hold tomorrow (Wednesday).

This move might be the prelude to removing Jega as Chairman of the Commission.

A meeting is expected to hold tomorrow between the INEC Chairman and the Resident Electoral Commissioners to assess the collection of Permanent Voter Cards by registered voters and the situation in communities recaptured from Boko Haram.

A top member of the commission who spoke anonymously stated that the RECs that are backing the plot to remove Jega are known government apologists.

“The meeting on Wednesday is most likely to be stormy. I say this because some resident commissioners are plotting to move against our chairman. They may pass a no confidence vote in him. But the chairman enjoys strong backing in the commission. Any plan to pass a vote of no confidence in him will not work,” he said.

It was learnt that RECs from Adamawa and Borno states, would brief the meeting on the situation in the recaptured communities.

The source said, “Besides the reports we will get from security agencies, RECs from those areas will brief us on Wednesday on the situation in the communities. We will also get update on the collection of PVCs.”

Following alarm raised by some APC senators over how the Federal Government is planning to use the office of the Civil Service of the Federation to send Prof. Jega on terminal leave, reports has emerged that the idea of replacing him with Prof. Femi Mimiko brother to Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko and former Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State has been jettisoned.

The Federal Government has allegedly shortlisted four national commissioners to take over from Prof. Attahiru Jega as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

According to reports, Jega would be asked to hand over to one of the commissioners in INEC and also proceed on a three-month terminal leave.

According to sources, the national commissioners that might take over from Jega could come from the following persons; Dr. Mohammed Wali from Sokoto State, Mrs. Amina Zakari from Jigawa State, Colonel Mohammed Kurmi Hammanga (rtd.) from Adamawa State and Dr. Ishmael Igbani from Rivers State.

The sources revealed that whoever emerges would take over and act as chairman till June 30 when the tenure of Jega would expire.

It would be recalled that during President Goodluck Jonathan’s media chat on February 11, President Jonathan reassured Nigerians that he had no plan to remove Jega from office.

Jonathan’s reassurance came on the heels of rife speculations that the government had perfected plans to remove Jega.

Following renewed allegations last week by the APC Senators, The Supervising Minister of Information, Mr. Edem Duke, speaking at a press conference on Friday, also said Jonathan had no plan to sack Jega.

“On the issue of the INEC chairman, I align myself with what the President said that he has no plan to sack the INEC chairman.

“That is not to say that if it is time for the INEC chairman to naturally exit his office, then the natural course of things will not take place.

“It is like saying a civil servant has done 35 years or achieved the age of 60; we now begin to say that he must not retire or he must retire,” Duke had said.

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By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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