Press Statement: Jega must guard his utterances -APC Rivers State

…Just like he advised Orubebe

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Rivers State Chapter has noted with disappointment the continued unguarded utterances by the outgoing Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission [INEC], Prof. Attahiru Jega suggesting that the massive electoral fraud perpetrated during the last general elections in Rivers State was not as huge as being reported.

It is sad that despite the fact that the entire gamut of that exercise is now the subject of serious dispute at the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, Prof. Jega will, at the slightest excuse, attempt to publicly downplay the anomie his staff led by Dame Gesila Khan connived with the PDP to perpetrate in Rivers State last March 28 and April 11, 2015.

The APC expects that Prof. Jega needs not be reminded that the kind of unguarded utterances he has been making about those elections are subjudicial to the matters before the Tribunal.

We sincerely sympathise with Prof. Jega for struggling to shore up his reputation and paint himself as a superhuman before the eyes of the world. However, we believe that the Professor should be satisfied with the modest achievements the INEC has made under his watch and not try to forcefully lay claim to having performed extremely well.

But more worrying to the APC is that Prof Jega appears not to accept the advice he issued to former Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe during the announcement of the Presidential election results last March. When Orubebe went berserk and threw all caution to the wind before the world following his disappointment with the election results, Prof. Jega managed to bring the situation under control when he advised the rampaging former Minister to guard his utterances and behave like the elder statesman he was.

It is a bit troubling to the APC that Prof Attahiru Jega has himself refused to act according to that advice for reasons best known to him. We urge him to so do to avoid the embarrassment of being dragged before the tribunal for contempt.

We suspect that Prof Jega does not appreciate the magnitude of what his subordinates dished out in some states of the Federation during the election; the best option for him now is to speak about only those things he personally carried out or directly supervised.

Chris Finebone
State Publicity Secretary

Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

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