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Jonathan snubs Iwu

Acting President Goodluck Jonathan (2nd right), PDP National Chairman, Vincent Ogbulafor (2nd left), President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic (right) and Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia (left), during the Benin Republic leader's one day working visit to Abuja, yesterday. Photo:Abayomi Adeshida

By Daniel Idonor
ABUJA—DESPITE frantic efforts by the outgoing Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Maurice Iwu, he was denied audience by the Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, when he visited Aso Rock, yesterday.

The sacked INEC boss was sighted at the seat of power at about 2:30 pm, apparently in a bid to say farewell to the Acting President, as he bowed out from the exalted office of INEC Chairman.

He was, however, denied access to the Acting President, but he met briefly with the Principal Secretary to the Acting President, Chief Mike Oghiadome, who sources said, told him that “Oga is very busy and cannot see you now.”

When contacted, the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Communications, Mr. Ima Niboro, denied that the once INEC bigwig was in the Presidential Villa to see his boss, saying “he only came to see the Principal Secretary to the Acting President.”

This denial, sources said, could not be all true, as according to them, there has never been a time that Professor Iwu visited Aso Rock without seeing the Nigeria’s acting number one citizen before yesterday’s episode.

Iwu was seen coming down from the office of the Acting President, amidst flashes from cameras of an army of photo journalists who wanted to have their last feel of his photo shots.

Vanguard investigations revealed that the former chairman was assailed by the pressmen and their cameras, as they wanted him to comment on his tenure in office.

But as he walked back to the official car that brought him, he was again to meet the journalists who confronted him with questions. He, however, refused to comment, even as he muttered “can I pass,” repeatedly.

Prof. Iwu was fired by the Acting President, Wednesday, and asked him to proceed on his pre-disengagement leave.
Acting President Jonathan had in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr. Ima Niboro, directed that Prof. Iwu immediately hand over to the most senior commissioner in the commission and proceed on his pre-disengagement leave.


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