By Omogbolahan Adisa
The spokesperson for the Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity, Honourable Segun Olulade, Epe State Constituency 2, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of plotting to distract Nigerians with the propose National Conference rather than addressing pertinent national issues affecting the progress of the country.
Olulade made particular reference to pausity of fund affecting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as one of the problem Jonathan should face as it is capable of negatively affecting the smooth operation of the 2015 general election.
Olulade told journalists in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, that the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, has severally made statements that have shown that the expectations of millions of Nigerians on the coming election may not be realised.
According to Olulade, the INEC Boss’ many excuses are ways of making excuses for himself and the agency ahead of the poll while Jonathan is busy funding and giving intense attention to the unpopular confab.
“Having failed in Anambra which was popularly expected to be the testing ground for 2015 general elections, Prof Jega has tactically exonerated himself should the 2015 elections fail. First, he has cried out that the commission is being underfunded by the Goodluck Jonathan administration; secondly, Jega has raised fear in the minds of Nigerians not to expect a perfect elections in 2015, a statement considered to be pre-emptive and uncalled for from someone in such position; above all, INEC has rolled out questionable elections time-table capable of causing setbacks in the entire exercise.
“Instead of concentrating the nation’s resources on the poorly calculated and politically motivated confab, the President should fund INEC adequately so the nation can hold Jega responsible should there be any flaw in the 2015 exercise,” the lawmaker said.
Olulade stated further that Nigerians, contrary to President Jonathan’s plan, have refused to be distracted from 2015 general elections because it is so important to their futures.
He noted that President Jonathan was faced with many challenges such as insecurity, corruption and inability to deliver dividends of democracy to the people which he has not been able to solve, hence, his desire to plot a confab to distract Nigerians in order to gain balance.
In Olulade’s conclusion, “Nigeria is moving beyond experimentation to actualisation, therefore, any elected leader who is unable to deliver good governance for Nigerians has no business in government. I urge President Jonathan to ensure smooth transition for ushering-in capable hands that can take the nation to next level rather than pursuing ‘dialogue of selected delegates’ which he is doing presently”.