Chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission Attahiru Jega speaks in Abuja as Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds as the Boko Haram conflict intensifies. (Stringer, AFP)
Gamawa - Alhaji Suleiman Nazif, the Senator-elect for Bauchi Northern Senatorial District, has appealed to INEC Chairman Professor Attahiru Jega to remain in office beyond June in order to enable him perfect the use of the Card Reader in the country's electoral process.
Nazif made the call in an interview on Thursday in Gamawa, headquarters of Gamawa Local Governmnet Area of the state.
Jega's tenure is expected to expire in June this year.
''Jega has proven to Nigerians that he is a hero, he has done the right thing, and Jega means very well and Jega should be given an opportunity to improve upon the electoral process.
"The process needs to be improved upon, Jega must be commended, loudest ovation should be given to Jega for merely bringing this card readers which was partly responsible for giving the opposition victory because it checked the ruling party’s exccess.
"Jega has done well and we believe he should be given more time to improve upon the electoral process.''
In a separate interview, the incumbent senator representing the area, Senator Garba Gamawa (PDP Bauchi Northern Senatorial District), also corroborated Nazif's opinion.
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"Nobody in the country will have thought that there could be a way out of our dirty electoral process,'' he said.
Gamawa described Jega as "hero, he has shown that he is equal to the task of turning the electoral process into viable one that could be emulated by all the countries of the world earlier bedeviled by electoral fraud''.
In addition, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, a retired Comptroller-General of Customs, advised Jega to recind his decision to quit after the expiration of tenure in June, adding that he (Jega) should remain to perfect the new technology introduced into the electoral process.
"I wish Jega will overlook other things and continue in office so that he will perfect the electoral process he had introduced, especially the card reader machine.
"He should perfect it in way that the machines could be use in courts and tribunals.
''INEC should insist on the use of the machines in trouble states like Rivers, Taraba, Imo, Delta and other states that have refused to use the machines during the last election to bring peace."