Following reports that the presidency is planning to remove the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega before the general election scheduled to hold on March 28, the House of Representatives has passed a resolution on the purported move.
According to a motion sponsored by Rep Ali Ahmed (APC, Kwara), the lawmakers said any action by the federal government or any other agency to tamper with the present status quo of the conduct of the election would spell doom for the country.
Members of the House agreed that any individual or association who moved for the removal of the INEC chairman ahead of the polls should be held accountable, as that would create chaos in the land.It was gathered that the motion scaled through despite opposition from the deputy House Leader, Rep Leo Ogor.
A source informed that Ogor stated that the motion was speculative and that nobody is under any illusion of seeing Jega removed at this time.
Meanwhile, investigations had revealed that the reasons why President Jonathan and the entire Peoples Democratic party are angry with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) boss, Attahiru Jega was over his insistence that the commission would use the Permanent Voter Cards for the election.
Also, a source within the presidency, who did not want to be named, on Tuesday disclosed that the presidency is planning on removing the INEC chairman this week.
The source further revealed that after a long search, the INEC National Commissioner, Amina Bala Zakari, has finally been chosen to replace Prof. Jega.
The information is coming despite assurances from President Goodluck Jonathan during February 11 presidential media chat that he had no intention of removing Jega from office. The president also reaffirmed his resolve not to remove Jega in an interview with Aljazera TV on Monday.
A report had surfaced on Monday that there were plans to remove Jega with vote of no confidence by the Resident Electoral Commissioners.