Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega who was the former INEC chairman, nominated On 8 June 2010 by then President Goodluck Jonathan during his tenure as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Jega is the only INEC chairman to oversee two Nigerian General Elections (2011 and 2015). Jega retired on 30 June 2015 handing over his position to Amina Zakari according to a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Rigging of election in Nigeria has always been in existence for politicians since the current civilian dispensation started in 1999.
Jega’s albatross started as a rumour that he deliberately skewed odds in favour of a Northern political candidate. We should recall that on Thursday February 5, 2015 the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly, SNPA, shocked the country when it revealed a detailed plot by the former INEC boss and the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, to rig the election in favour of a Northern candidate to journalist at a press conference in Abuja.
His first attempt at perpetrating the plot was his unilateral decision to create 31,000 new polling units majority of which were to be located in the Northeast and Northwest zones of Nigeria, his region of origin where his present manipulation emanates from. This was brought to a halt after public outcry by the Civil Society and the Nigerian public.