How Jonathan’s govt, PDP tried to manipulate 2015 elections – Former INEC Chairman, Jega | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper f

Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that the immediate past government of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan attempted to interfere with the 2015 elections.

Jega claimed that Jonathan’s government tried to “interfere with the decision of INEC to use electronic card readers”.

In an interview with Jamie Hitchen, a policy researcher at Africa Research Institute, Jega said the attempt was resisted by the body.

Jega, however, commended the former President, saying he meant well for “our democracy”.

According to the former INEC boss, Jonathan granted all the financial requests of INEC.

He said, “The administration of Goodluck Jonathan, president from 2010 to 2015, never gave any reason to suspect that there was a deliberate and wilful attempt to emasculate the funding of INEC.

“For this they should be applauded. No situation arose where we had to go cap-in-hand to the executive looking for funding and I must add that when supplementary funding was needed, it was nearly always forthcoming.

“For most of the time during our tenure, President Jonathan tried not to personally interfere with the Commission’s work.

“Only in the run-up to the 2015 election did his government and ruling political party seek to interfere with the decision of INEC to use electronic card readers.

“We were able to remind them that they had supported the idea and funded it. Overall I think that President Jonathan meant well for democracy in our country, a view strengthened by the gracious way he conceded electoral defeat in 2015.”

He said the experiences of the Anambra election of 2013 and Osun, Ekiti in 2014, helped the commission to prepare well for the 2015 general election.


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  1. But you still rigged it in favour of baba because it was never a fair election

  2. But the elections where rigged. More and more lies. Look at what happened in Kano state elections. Plus imported Almajiri

  3. I don't understand how people still think 2015 elections were rigged. If there was any state during the presidential elections wee rigged, it has to be rivers state cuz there was bloodshed and various clash there. BUT I remember clearly how Nigerians waited till the next day in their wards for their vote to count and I know pictures don't lie, if you all can't recollect, google is your friend. The fact that BABA is not doing well should not mean we should now start lying upp and down. 2015 election was declared as one of the "most free and fair election conducted in Nigeria and indeed Africa. Moreover, Buhari is trying, Nigerians just expect change overnight, they want magic, they don't have patience. 16 years of rot by PDP is not a joke and it would take more than 4 years to clean it up. If you curse me out, God would punish. let's discuss intelligently

    1. Who wants to argue with an unintelligent being,who is already asking God to punish(You)...mtsheew

  4. Am sure God as already done so( punish you) cox your brain has been fried by bububaba and his cabinet of liars. Wise up Bros.


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