Attahiru Jega, the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), believes the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have misled Nigeria for the past 21 years.
Jega claimed the two main parties are becoming incapable of taking the country into the promised land during a lecture organized by Kwara Visioners Network for Rural Development in Kwara State.
“The current two dominant parties – APC and the PDP – with their quality recruitment and leadership selection processes who have shared power and have tended to lead Nigeria astray in the past 21 years are becoming incapable of directing Nigerian political and governance processes in the right direction,” he said on Saturday.
“The dominant elites in these parties are self-centered, preventing the few good ones among them to be impactful. They are also fractious and quarrelsome and lacking even enlightened self-interest.”
The political science professor also denied rumors that he might run for president in 2023.
Meanwhile, in other news, Professor Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has proposed for the electronic distribution of election results in the general elections of 2023.
At a national political summit in Abuja, Jega stated that one of the primary areas where reckless, disloyal, and self-serving politicians have compromised the integrity of the Nigerian electoral process has been the transmission of election results.
Concerned about citizens’ lack of trust in the electoral process and the poor performance of those elected through it, the former INEC Chairman stated that restoring remarkable integrity to the Nigerian electoral process would almost certainly necessitate the abandonment of the obtuse manual transmission of results.
“Transmission of election results has been one of the key areas in which reckless, unpatriotic, and self-serving politicians have undermined the integrity of the Nigerian electoral process.
“Bringing remarkable integrity to the Nigerian electoral process, therefore, would no doubt require the jettisoning of the traditional obtuse manual transmission of results, and its replacement with using appropriate technology with electronic transmission of results.”