Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose, yesterday, said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the former governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, lack moral rights to oppose any plan to remove the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega from office.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose recalled that APC had in 2013 called for the removal of Jega.
“Asking Jega to go on his mandatory terminal leave is not the same as sacking him; more so that his tenure would lapse in June and he is entitled to three months terminal leave,” Fayose said.
He said the APC must tell Nigerians what has changed in Jega’s handling of elections since the party was led by General Mohammadu Buhari, Senator Bola Tinubu and others on a street protest in Abuja on November 28, 2013 to call for the sack of the INEC Chairman and the entire management of the electoral commission after the Anambra State governorship election.
“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 seized 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?” Fayose queried.