The elections results are still being reeled out at the INEC collation centre in Abuja but it appears the Commissions chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega has already written his name in gold.
As we await his final pronouncement on the winner of the 2015 presidential elections which was conducted nationwide on Saturday, March 28, we bring you 7 reasons why Jega is the man.
1). Prof. Jega cuts the image of a man who is very concerned about his place in history. Despite several allegations targeting his character by the leading parties in the elections, Jega has refused to be swayed.
2). He’s always calm: For a man who is in the eye of the storm at the moment, Jega remains cool, calm and collected. His focus and determination to make a success of the most keenly contested elections in the country appears to be unshakable.
3). Jega is not unlike Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea gaffer when he takes his place in front of the cameras. The INEC chairman knows exactly what to do to get his point across. It’s no surprise that the professor rarely gets bad press in the months leading to this crucial elections.
4). Though the Presidency has severally denied that the FG, with the help of Military Chiefs, mounted pressure on the INEC Chairman to postpone the elections from its earlier scheduled date of February 14, Jega somehow managed to come out of that sticky situation smelling like roses.
PDP blamed him for the election postponement but Nigerians knew exactly where the blame rested and it sure wasn’t on Jega’s front porch.
5). Despite immense pressure to flush him out, Prof. Jega has continued to maintain he would only leave on his own volition. When asked if he would resign weeks before the elections, the 58-year-old academic said, “It is unfair for me to say I will resign when I have a job to do. I remain focused.”
6). Jega’s insistence on the use of Smart Card Readers in this election is a strategic masterstroke which has added to the credibility of this crucial elections.
7). Prof. Jega is the only man with the power to keep Nigerians glued to their television sets for hours just to listen to him reel out boring figures.