Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega, has stated that unless politicians do away with their do-or-die attitude and crooked means of winning elections at all cost, the credibility of elections would always be undermined. He lamented that the greatest challenge towards the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria, is the general tendency among some politicians who are bent on winning election by hook or by crook, stressing that unless the politicians changed their unpatriotic attitude, the integrity of elections will always be undermined no matter the efforts of the commission in ensuring credible elections. Jega who featured as a guest on the personality progrmme of the Kaduna-based Liberty radio maintained that some of these politician always want to persuade the officials of the commission to do them favour, adding that if such overtures fail, the politicians will want to intimidate, harass or threaten the officials. This, according to him, is “obviously the mentality of do or die, or winning by hook or crook means which is a dominant tendency in the mindset of politicians in Nigeria. Jega said “this has to change because if it does not change, no matter what adequate and efficient preparation of the commission the integrity of the election will always be undermined.” He however said nobody has ever intimidated or attempted to influence or bribe him to manipulate elections results in the country.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday met with members of National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), led by the Director General, Prof. Tijjani Muhammed, where the way forward on labour matters was discussed. The report on the 36th course of NIPPS was equally submitted to Jonathan. Briefing State House correspondents on what transpired at […]
The High Court in London has refused to block the extradition of British solicitor Jeffrey Tesler to the United States. Mr Tesler, 62, from London, is accused by US authorities of involvement in a conspiracy to channel bribes to senior officials in Nigeria. He was arrested last year following an extradition request from the US. […]
Governors from the south-east geo-political zone converged yesterday in Enugu under the aegis of South-East Governors Forum to condemn in strong terms the failed attempt by Biafra Zoinist’s Federation,BZF, to topple the Enugu State Government and hosit Biafra flag at government house on Thursday, June 5. Chairman of the Forum, Chief Theodore […]