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Attahiru Jega, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has confessed that he could have stayed for a second term in office but he “resisted the temptation”.Attahiru Jega

The Cable reports that Jega, who left the commission on June 30, was speaking at the London School of Economics on Tuesday, November 10.

The ex-chairman noted that if he wanted, he could have got a second term in office after the successful election, but decided to resist it in order to help the commission become a strong institution.

In his speech, Jega spoke about the challenges of the elections and how they were faced.

“I think the major challenge is the do-or-die mindset of our politicians; they think they have to win by hook or crook. They have to use money; if money doesn’t work, they have to use harassment and intimidation; if that doesn’t work, they can even kill. The commission was a step ahead of them in preparing for 2015 general election, but they can go back and regroup and come for how to undermine the card readers,” he said.

Commenting on his decision not to accept a second tenure, the former INEC boss said:

“I felt we had an opportunity, we did our best, trying to build an institution; let’s get that institution to work rather than just seeing it as if its only one man that can only do this job. In a country like Nigeria, there are up to one million Jegas or even better; it is just getting the opportunity.”

Describing himself as an incurable optimist, Jega stressed that he believes in positive change for Nigeria and deepening democracy in Africa. He called for everyone to use any opportunity to contribute to that positive development.

Speaking further, Jega said that he would not be running for political office; therefore, he decided to go back to the university.

“I have had my fair share of political pressure, it’s probably too early to be talking about some of these now. Maybe in a matter of time, you can read my book and see some of these, but there were pressures.

“Once we recognise that an electoral commission needs to be impartial, non-partisan, and need to create a level playing field for all contestants, then we need to do all to provide that. That’s what I saw as my task,” he said.

Two weeks ago Jega’s successor, Amina Zakari, was replaced with Professor Mahmood Yakubu.

While inaugurating the new chairman of the INEC and five national comossioners, President Muhammadu Buhari tasked them to make the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country their priority.

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Veteran actor, Bruno Iwuoha dies at 68

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Bruno Iwuoha, has died after losing a protracted battle with diabetes and blindness. He was aged 68.

He died at the National Hospital Abuja in the early of today Saturday, April 10.

The Abia-state born actor had been in coma for about three weeks before giving up. His body has been deposited at the hospital mortuary.

Film maker, Derek Zai has taken to their social media handle to mourn him. He wrote;

A good man, has gone home to be with his Father, daddy its so painful doing this, we love you but God loves you more”

Bruno Obinna Iwuoha acted in many films and also won several awards in his career.

He won the Best Supporting Actor award at the 3rd Africa Movie Academy Awards for his performance in the movie “Sins of the Flesh”.

Some of the other films where he featured are: World Apart, Magic Cap, Keeping Close, Another Bondage, Faces Of Love, Days Of Hatred,Two Bad Boys.

 

Veteran actor, Bruno Iwuoha dies at 68

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Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Has Reacts to the brutality against Occupy Lekki Tollgate protesters

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has condemned the brutal treatment meted out on protesters at the Lekki tollgate.

Reacting, the Lagos State governor ordered the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, to investigate the incident.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, disclosed this at a joint briefing by the state government and the Lekki Concession Company on Monday, Feb 15, in Lagos.

He reiterated that Lagos State government, under the leadership of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, would never trample on people’s rights.

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we may not need Amotekun, the time for state police is now – Governor Akeredolu

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Governor  Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State,  who hosted representatives of lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress South-West caucus in the House of Representatives who paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Tuesday, February 2, stated that there will be no need for Amotekun if there is state police.

He said;

”The most important thing you have said is that we have to think about our people first and in doing that, we have to make a declaration. We felt convinced that we can not have a situation where a first-class Oba is killed, a deputy registrar was killed, and the wife of the chief of staff was kidnapped. It’s one of the things that led us to create Amotekun.

“When we came up with Amotekun, people were scared they thought it was state police, but we stood our ground and Amotekun has come to stay. You have a duty to us, to our people and that has to do with the issue of state police. The time is now. This rampant security challenge is virtually everywhere. This issue of state police, we need to pursue.

“If we have the state police, we may not need Amotekun. It will be a great fight for our people. We must stand together. I commend the Governor of Kano State who said cows should not be moved to the south again for grazing.”

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