After days of speculation of who will be the next INEC Chairman, President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Professor Attahiru Jega as the new INEC chairman. The president presented the name Prof Jega to the council of state who unanimously approved the recommendation by President Jonathan.
The council of state which was uncharacteristically well attended commended the courage of the President in appointing the none-conforming Professor. They applauded the choice of Attahiru Jega as a man with no known partisan political affiliation.
The Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who briefed state house correspondents said that Professor Jega has distinguished himself in his calling and that the council is satisfied with the nomination.
The council also commended President Jonathan on the quality of the ten people he nominated as national electoral commissioners as well as eighteen other resident electoral commissioners, describing the people nominated as men and women of integrity.
the council meeting was attended by General Ibrahim Babangida, who Prof Attahiru fought to a standstill in his days as ASUU President. General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Senate president, three retired justices of the federation, the speaker of the House of Representatives and many of the governors of the thirty six states of the federation .
Prof. Attahiru Jega is the current Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK). An unrepentant activist and a commited Human Rights defender, Prof. Jega served as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) president, incidentally, Prof. Maurice Iwu was his Vice.
Jega was a member of the Justice Uwais’ Electoral Reform Committee that produced a widely hailed report, which the government is yet to fully implement. His appointment has fuel speculation that President Goodluck Jonathan might be scheming to implement the report through the backdoor.
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