Nigeria's President and candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan speaks with a campaign aide during a rally in Kano, Northern Nigeria, on January 21, 2015 . The February 14 vote is expected to be close-run, with the possibil ~ AMINU ABUBAKAR
Lagos - A local prodemocracy organization doubts the credibility of Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman to hold office.
The Transition Resurgent Group (TRG) follows the postponement of the general polls initially scheduled for this coming weekend.
“TRG is worried by the failure of INEC chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega in his Saturday night media to take responsibility for the obvious lapses that characterized the shoddy preparations for the now rescheduled polls,” the organization said in a statement.
“He rather went ahead in his boisterous claims that the commission was better prepared to conduct the 2015 elections than it was in 2011 but for the insistence of security forces that they could not guaranty safety.”
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TRG said this was “a clear sign of gross irresponsibility” for the INEC executive to say that his inability to "distribute" 23 million voter cards, minus the unknown numbers that have not collected their cards from the 45 million he claimed he had distributed, represented a better preparation.
“We are not under any doubt that with this inconsiderate disposition, Prof Jega lacks the capacity to right the wrongs he has not admitted due to a large ego or pure mischief. The country may therefore not witness much difference in the situation if we do not hold Jega down to the responsibilities of his office,” the group stated.
“We are not also impressed by Prof Jega's arrogant waving of weighty allegations that challenge his suitability to conduct free and fair elections by prominent Nigerians from North and south in the last few days.”
While he could not be reached for comment, Jega has pledged his under-fire organisation’s commitment to credible polls. The election has been scheduled for next month and April.