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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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Breaking News:Yoruba Freedom Fighter, Sunday Igboho Arrested in Cotonou

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Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic by security operatives in the West African country.

Igboho was arrested Monday night after fleeing Nigeria to evade arrest by Nigeria’s secret police.

A source privy to his departure from Nigeria said he had perfected plans to secretly escape from Nigeria through Cotonou and was heading to Germany.

He was, however, nabbed by security operatives in the neighboring country.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a source privy to the incident, said, “Sunday Igboho has been arrested in Cotonou. He was arrested about an hour ago.

“He was supposed to travel to Germany through Cotonou this night. He wanted to leave Africa through Cotonou. He was arrested by security operatives in Cotonou.

“They are planning to bring him back to Nigeria.”

Recall that the Department of State Services had declared Igboho wanted after its operatives carried out a bloody midnight raid on his residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

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Popular Nigerian Singer, Sound Sultan dies at 44

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Singer, Olanrewaju Fasasi aka Sound Sultan, has died. A statement released by his family says he died on July 11 after a long battle with throat cancer.

The singer is survived by his wife and three children.

 

The statement reads;

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Multi-talented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter, Onlanrewaju Fasasi a.k.a Sound Sultan.

Too sad! Singer, Sound Sultan, dies at 44

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#EndSARS: Court strikes out suit against Sam Adeyemi, Davido, Falz, BurnaBoy, Aisha Yesufu and others

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Justice Bello Jawu of a High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out a suit filed by one Kenechukwu Okeke, a human rights activist, against Davido, Aisha Yesufu, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, and 47 other celebrities and activists over their activities during the October 2020 #EndSARS protests.

The judge in a ruling delivered on Friday, July 2, also restrained the Nigeria Police Force and Okeke from taking any steps to prosecute the individuals for their role played during the #EndSARS protest.

Okeke had in November 2020 filed criminal proceedings before a magistrate court in Abuja against the 50 persons over claims they promoted the October 2020 #EndSARS protests.

In the suit, he alleged that the defendants acted in a manner “with intent to assist in the promotion of an unlawful assembly under the guise or composition of #EndSARS

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