Former INEC boss Attahiru Jega responds to Goodluck Jonathan’s election claim. Professor Attahiru Jega has responded to Goodluck Jonathan’s statement that the 2015 general election was flawed due to the different votes recorded in the election. Jonathan made this claim in Against the Run of Play, a book by ThisDay Editorial Board Chairman Olusegun Adeniyi.
Jonathan had said that he was disappointed in Professor Jega who was the then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the way the election went. He said the margin between the presidential election and National Assembly results in Kano State showed everything was not right with the election. Prof Mohammed Kuna who is the special assistant to Jega spoke on his behalf insisting there was nothing wrong with the Kano election. “There is nothing particularly special about the Kano result; it is a general trend as many votes were more interested in the presidential election than in other elections. That was what happened across the country and you can go and do the tabulation.”
“With the card reader, it is no longer possible to return results that are higher than the accredited voters. If you analyse the results nationally, you will discover the same trend.” A source also close to Jega said the former president but have been ill-advised as the former INEC chairman would not have been arm-twisted to do what was wrong.
“When the military and security chiefs demanded for more time to deal with the insurgency, the reasons were genuine. As at February 2015, it would have been very difficult to vote in Gombe, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. “But the moment all the arms and ammunition that had been ordered finally arrived, the military was able to use them to degrade the capacity of Boko Haram.” Although the former president faulted the results of the 2015 presidential election, he said he conceded defeat to avoid bloodshed.