Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that the immediate past government of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan attempted to interfere with the 2015 elections.
Jega claimed that Jonathan’s government tried to “interfere with the decision of INEC to use electronic card readers”.
Jega, however, commended the former President, saying he meant well for “our democracy”.
According to the former INEC boss, Jonathan granted all the financial requests of INEC.
He said, “The administration of Goodluck Jonathan, president from 2010 to 2015, never gave any reason to suspect that there was a deliberate and wilful attempt to emasculate the funding of INEC.
“For most of the time during our tenure, President Jonathan tried not to personally interfere with the Commission’s work.
“Only in the run-up to the 2015 election did his government and ruling political party seek to interfere with the decision of INEC to use electronic card readers.
“We were able to remind them that they had supported the idea and funded it. Overall I think that President Jonathan meant well for democracy in our country, a view strengthened by the gracious way he conceded electoral defeat in 2015.”