Abuja - Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has hailed the outgoing chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, as his term ends today.
Abubakar, speaking through his Special Assistant on Media, Mazi Paul Ibe, said the successful conduct of the 2015 elections with the introduction of Card Reader and Permanent Voters Card (PVC) had boosted Jega's reputation and earned him the respect of Nigerians and the international community.
“Jega had made a huge difference in the conduct of credible elections and that he left no one in doubt that he deserved the appointment in the first place,” Abubakar said.
He recalled that some pessimists were already signing the requiem of Nigerian's demise with the 2015 elections, with some predicting anarchy and disintegration of the country.
Jega led the INEC during landmark elections that steered Muhammadu Buhari to power.
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The result, which for the first time saw a democratic transition of power to the opposition, was internationally acclaimed.
“At every turn, Jega rose to the occasion even in the face formidable challenges,” said Abubakar.
“Professor Jega didn't disappoint Nigerians, and that history would write a favourable verdict on his impressive record,” Abubakar added.
He urged Jega’s yet-to-be-appointed successor to Maintains standards Jega set and push for reforms that might strengthen the Electoral Act and deepen democracy.
“Reforming the Electoral Act would go a long way to consolidate our democratic gains, and build on the efforts to achieve credible elections,”
Born in Jega, Kebbi State the 58-year-old Jega was appointed INEC chair in in 2010 to replace Maiurice Iwu.
- CAJ News