Thursday, January 28, 2016

Read What Jega Said About Rivers Election Before He Left Office

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega opposed the cancellation of the Rivers state gubernatorial election before he left office.

Speaking with journalists on April 20,2015, Jega said, ''When there are issues but announcement of result has been made, there is nothing we can do. If a mistake was made and we could correct it within the legal framework, then we intervene and make corrections''; DAILY POST reports.

''It was a mistake to cancel elections in the three LGAs in Abia. We said particular affected wards to be cancelled – not the three LGAs.”

''Rivers is another issue. We have no right to cancel the election of a whole state. There is nothing in the legal framework that allows the INEC chairman to cancel on any flimsy reasons.

“In Rivers, there were allegations of substitution of results. We investigated but there was no evidence to warrant a cancellation. There were also allegations that no election took place, which we investigated and saw was not true.”

''Aggrieved parties in Rivers state can head to the election tribunal to address any outstanding electoral issues,” he said.

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