*Vows To Hand Over To A New President On May 29
President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed speculations that he had concluded plans to relieve the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Professor Atahiru Jega of his job.
Jonathan said specifically that he had not told anyone that he had concluded plans to sack Jega, as he blamed politicians with specific interest on Jega’s sack as the masterminds of the speculation on the proposed sack of the INEC Chairman.
Jonathan made this known during a Special Media Chat he held in Abuja Wednesday night, stating that the constitution of Nigeria has provided the means of changing the INEC Chairman and Resident Electoral Commissioners should the need arise.
Jonathan assured Nigerians that elections would be conducted on the 28 of April and that his government would ensure free and fair conduct of the elections.
He vowed also to hand over to the next government in May 29 even if he lost out during the elections.
He said since the INEC Chairman and all the Resident Electoral Commissioners were his appointees, he reposes confidence in them, just as he assured Nigerians to expect the best performance from INEC in terms of conduct of the elections.
Jonathan said specifically dismissed speculations that he would soon send Jega on a three months terminal leave for his final disengagement from service, describing the speculations as meant for the garbage dump.
Jonathan also assured Nigerians that the issue of Boko Haram would not deter his government from conducting the next general elections, stressing that in the event of inability by the military to fully contain the insurgents after the six weeks of grace given to them, the election would still hold.
He said his government was indeed, not expecting a total wipe out of Boko Haram in the north east, even with the joint efforts by the West African troops, adding that he expected the military to record a remarkable success in the ongoing massive campaign against the Islamic Sect for elections to hold in the areas they have been holding sway.
He said, “In 2011, there was Boko Haram. They have been there even during the regime of late President Yar’Adua. They only became a problem when their leader, Muhammed was killed.
“No one is saying that Boko Haram would be completely wiped out before the elections. All that I can say is that in the next six weeks advances would have been made, so Nigerians should give us time.
“I Can assure you that elections would hold. They have given the dates and elections must hold and a new President will take over in May 29”