The Director General of Good Governance Ministry(GGM) ,a political Ministry, has proposed two names as Running Mates to Labour Party Presidential Candidate- Mr Peter Obi. The DG said that the two names have records of proven integrity and grassroots followers in total deviation from career politicians. They are ;
1. PROF. ATTAHIRU JEGA
2. Dr. Tanko Yinusa
Chukwuemeka gives their detail profiles in full ”PROF. ATTAHIRU JEGA
He is one of the top politicians in Nigeria and has held key position in the country.
Attahiru Jega Biography
Attahiru Muhammadu Jega born January 11, 1957, is a Nigerian academic and former Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano.
Jega is hails from Jega, Kebbi State where he was born and raised under the influence of his disciples parents.
He was the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman in 2010 under the then President Goodluck Jonathan.
Early Life and Education
Attahiru Jega was born in his hometown Jega, Kebbi State where he grew up with his parents and siblings.
He had his primary education at Sabon Gari Town Primary School, Jega from 1963 to 1969, before he proceeded to Government Secondary School, Birnin Kebbi.
In a bid to further his education, Jega got admitted into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria’s Bayero University College, Kano in 1974, and graduated in 1979 with a BSc degree in Political Science.
He earned a PhD in Political Sciences from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois to add to his portfolio.
He previously worked as a teaching assistant at Bayero University, before he went for his PhD and later returned to the Political Science Department in Bayero University in 1984 as a lecturer.
He was nominated by then Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan as the new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
After Senate confirmation, he replaced Professor Maurice Iwu, who vacated the post on 28 April 2010.
Jega set a new record as the only INEC chairman to conduct two Nigerian General Elections (2011 and 2015).
He retired on June 30, 2015, and hand over his position to Amina Zakari after a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Attahiru Jega Political Party
Prof. Attahiru Jega alongside Prof. Pat Utomi launched Rescue Nigeria Project in September 2021, which they claimed will rescue Nigeria from the current bad economy.
According to Jega and Utomi, the new Political party will end All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party dominance.
Attahiru Jega is a Nigerian academic and former vice Chancellor, although his net worth has not been estimated yet.
DR. YUNUSA TANKO
He holds a HND in Marketing from Kaduna Polytechnic (now University of Technology, Kaduna) in 1992 and bagged a Post-Graduate Diploma in Co-operative Studies from the same institution in 1994. In 2006, he obtained a second HND degree in Accounting from Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria which followed with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria as well as an MBA from the same institution. In 2010, Tanko, a practicing Muslim, was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Leadership and Management from the Universal Christian Academy (UNICA) – a representative of Cambridge Advanced Technology Training in Affiliation with the University of London, United Kingdom.
Dr. Tanko is a Chartered Accountant and member of the following professional bodies, the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), 2008 and the Institute of Cost and Management Accountant (ICMA). His working experience traverses civil service, politics and civil society. He has served in various capacities as Head of Accounts, National Population Commission, Kaduna, 1993-2000; Head of Revenue, Nigerian Immigration Service, Kano, 2000-2002 and Head of Finance, Team Nigeria Trust Fund Limited, FCT, Abuja, 2002.
Dr Tanko has served as the National Conscience party (NCP) Deputy National Chairman and National secretary at different times as well as a running mate to NCP’s presidential candidates Dr. Osagie Obayuwana in 2007 and Bashorun Dele Momodu in 2011. He was elected as the New National Chairman of NCP in 2012 and re elected in Akure Ondo State.
In 2007, he was appointed Secretary to the Coalition for a New Nigeria (CNN). Since 2009, Dr. Tanko has been Secretary of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) of all political parties in Nigeria and was elected as a chairman of the council for two terms on April 11th 2013 to 2014. Since 2003, he has served as the Assistant Secretary of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP).
With a rich background in social activism, Dr. Yunusa Tanko is a Secretariat Member of the Pastor Tunde Bakare led Save Nigeria Group (SNG) and played a very prominent role as Field Marshal of SNG protest to the National Assembly in 2010 and Aso Presidential villa. He was also a member of the National Peace Committee which contributed heavily to 2015 credible, peaceful, free and fair Election, led by former Head of State General Abdul salami Abubakar rtd.
Dr. Tanko is the recipient of the chieftaincy title – the Nwanne Ike Di Na Mba 1 of all Ndigbos in diaspora and is currently a Student of M.Phil / Phd in management at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria .