The Former Nigeria President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan having served from 2010 to 2015 said he was not comfortable with how 2015 presidential election was handled by the then former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Prof. Attahiru Jega.
According to online Portal TheCable report,In a book written by journalist and author, Segun Adeniyi, to recount how a sitting President lost a presidential election in Nigeria, Jonathan said Jega disappointed him.
“I was disappointed by Jega because I still cannot understand what was propelling him to act the way he did in the weeks preceding the election.
“As at the first week in February 2015, when about 40 per cent of Nigerians had not collected their PVCs, Jega said INEC was ready to conduct an election in which millions of people would be disenfranchised,” he said.
The Former President said “i had a meeting with Jega to express his reservations about the preparedness of INEC for the exercise, but he insisted that the election would go ahead.
“Of course, the Americans were encouraging him to go ahead yet they would never do such a thing in their own country. How could we have cynically disenfranchised about a third of our registered voters for no fault of theirs and still call that a credible election?
“The interesting thing was that the opposition also supported the idea of going on with the election that was bound to end in confusion.”
Jonathan also defended his decision to postpone the election, saying it was for security reasons.
He said: “When the military and security chiefs demanded for more time to deal with the insurgency, the reasons were genuine.
“As at February 2015, it would have been very difficult to vote in Gombe, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states
According to TheCable, In an advance copy of Against the Run of Play book, the former President said, “As at the first week in February 2015, when about 40 per cent of Nigerians had not collected their PVCs, Jega said INEC was ready to conduct an election in which millions of people would be disenfranchised,”