Politics How Jega Reacted to Jonathan's Accusation of 2015 Election Defeat


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Former INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega, has denied playing a part in ex President Goodluck Jonathan's 2015 presidential election defeat to President Muhammadu Buhair.

Jonathan had said some things didn't tally up during the election. He said it was strange that Kano state recorded 1.8 million votes in the presidential poll and 800,000 in the National Assembly election on the same day.

Jonathan said this in "Against the Run of Play, a book by ThisDay Editorial Board Chairman Olusegun Adeniyi.

Jega’s Special Assistant, Prof Mohammed Kuna, disagreed with Jonathan’s belief that the wide margin between the presidential election and National Assembly results in Kano State was a reflection of a flawed election.

In a section of the book Prof Kuna said: “There is nothing particularly special about the Kano result; it is a general trend as many votes were more interested in the presidential election than in other elections. That was what happened across the country and you can go and do the tabulation.”

He said the introduction of the card reader made it difficult to manipulate elections and inflate results.

“There is nothing particularly special about the Kano result; it is a general trend as many voters were more interested in the presidential election than in other elections. That was what happened across the country and you can go and do the tabulation.

“With the card reader, it is no longer possible to return results that are higher than the accredited voters. If you analyse the results nationally, you will discover the same trend.”

Someone close to Jega yesterday also dismissed Jonathan’s claim that Jega’s behaviour changed few days into the 2015 elections.

The person said Jonathan must have been ill-advised to make such claims, pointing out that Jega, being a principled and disciplined personality, could not have been arm-twisted on the conduct of the polls adjudged as by local international overs as reflecting the wishes and aspirations of the electorate.
 

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Samuel Arua

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Nigerian politics has never been without dents and stains of foul. It is always a game well played with cheat. 2015 election was not an exception. If you don't play well, you will be thrown out.
 
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