Polls: Jega Holds Closed Door Meeting With Service Chiefs, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Others

Jega-INECChairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, on Saturday, held a closed-door meeting with the National Peace Committee for 2015 General Elections chaired by former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd).

Others, who attended the meeting were the service chiefs, including the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshal Alex Badeh; the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, and leadership of the major political parties.

The meeting also had in attendance the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III; Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah; former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe; Special Adviser to the President on Inter- Party Relations, Senator Ben Obi.

Jega and the security chiefs left the meeting after a break but refused to divulge details of the meeting to journalists.

Similarly, when the meeting drew to a final close, Gen. Abubakar also refused to address the media.

But a former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rose Ukeje, who is a member of the committee, told journalists on Saturday night that both INEC and the security agencies had re-affirmed their commitment to conduct the elections as scheduled on March 28 and April 11.