Prof. Attahiru Jega, a former National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), warned on Thursday that the country’s current security challenges may have a negative impact on the upcoming general election in 2023.
Jega, who served as INEC Chairman during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure, sounded the alarm in Ibadan while delivering the lead paper at the 4th round table on ‘Election Security and Good Governance in Nigeria,’ to commemorate former Oyo State governor, late Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s 72nd posthumous birthday.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo attended the ceremony, as did Ajimobi’s wife, Florence Ajimobi; the Deputy Governors of Oyo and Osun States, Rauf Olaniyan and Mr. Benedict Alabi; Senator Ayo Adeseun, who represented Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; and Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, among many others.
Jega insisted that there is increased apprehension among Nigerians as the 2023 general election approaches, adding that this may pose a serious threat to the election’s conduct.
While speaking further, the professor of Political Science stated that in order to avoid security breaches during future elections, the country’s security arrangements must be improved.
According to him, “We want delivery of goods and services by democratically elected people. As we look forward to 2023, there is an increased apprehension. Security challenges may pose a serious danger to the conduct of 2023 elections. Our good governance must have democratic content.”
“For credible elections, Nigeria must constantly work to ensure that elections are credible. Voters must be free to elect their candidates, must be free to vote without fear or intimidation. Election security is important in order to ensure that materials are save. To ensure that the officials are safe.