OWERRI—The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, has been described as a politician and crusader of power shift to the North and not qualified to conduct the rescheduled presidential election.
Former Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Chief Noel Agwuocha Chukwukadibia, levelled the accusation in a letter addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan and copied to media houses in Owerri.
Chukwukadibia recalled that between 2005 and 2006, the late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki formed the Northern Union, NU, in collaboration with some Northern politicians, to pursue some Northern political interests, including the idea of power shift from the South to the North.
“Some of the founding members of the Northern Union were Alhaji Gambo, Comrade Paschal Bafayau, Alhaji Ciroma Keffi, Dr. Ibrahim Lame and many others, including the present INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega,” Chief Chukwukadibia stated.
While recalling that the Saraki-led Northern Union toured every geo-political zone to negotiate power shift to the North after Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure, Chukwukadibia also referred the President to pages 229 and 330 of Dr. Saraki’s biography, published by Cleanbill Publishers.
“After the tours, the leadership of Northern Union again staged a Northern Union General Assembly workshop at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, on March 1, 2007, and the present INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, was there at the high table,” Chukwukadibia alleged.
The former speaker lamented that since the publication of Saraki’s biography, Professor Jega had not made any attempt to deny his involvement with the group
He said: “It, therefore, follows that Professor Jega must have an interest in who wins the presidential election, and that interest will be tilted towards Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in order to achieve the goal of the Northern Union.”
He insisted that Jega would definitely not be an unbiased umpire in the circumstance,adding that he must no be allowed to conduct the rescheduled presidential election”
“Jega is a politician and should disqualify himself from further participating or continuing to play the role of an umpire,” he said.