Former chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has warned that Nigerians must not vote for either the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in 2023.
He explained that both parties have had their chances and have failed Nigerians, hence the need to deny them votes during the next general elections.
According to Jega, both parties have proved they can’t solve the country’s problems and it is time for Nigerians to vote a credible alternative.
Speaking in an interview with the BBC Hausa, Jega maintained that his time in the lecture halls and at the helm of affairs at INEC has confirmed that both APC and PDP have nothing good to offer Nigerians.
Jega also revealed his membership of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and expressed belief that things can get better with PRP in power.
In his words, ”Nigerians should dump the two parties because of their bad antecedents over the last 20 years. Looking at their inability to change the economic fortunes of Nigeria for 20 years now, it is now apparently clear that they would not do anything even if Nigerians vote for any of the two parties again.”
He added that ”the bad things these parties committed in those past years, Nigerians should never give their trust to the parties again. It is now very clear that these parties would never change, even if they are given another chance.”
“The APC and PDP have formed governments, we were all witnesses. They did not come with a good intention to make amends. If you look at the fight against corruption, all these corrupt people that were supposed to be prosecuted sneaked into the APC.”
“We are hearing nothing. That is why I’ve since registered with the Peoples Redemption Party( PRP). I am now a PRP member looking for ways to help Nigeria.”
” That is why we believe now is the time to establish a platform where every good Nigerian should join and contribute towards building the nation on the right path,” he said.
He alleged that the major political arties and the politicians with them have no good agenda for the country.
” Since 1979 I’ve been teaching in the university, for 40 years now. So, from what I read and observed, when I was Chairman of INEC, honestly the way I see our politicians conducting elections and from the manner they represent their people when elected, honestly it is something to be afraid of,” he said.