Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I regret the Role I Played in the 2015 Presidential Election: Former INEC Boss, Attahiru Jega

PARIS, FEBRUARY 09, 2018: (DGW) Professor Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of Nigeria's electoral umpire, the Independent
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National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday said he regretted the role he played in the 2015 presidential elections.

He said  Nigeria’s democracy under the existing circumstances was far from what he had expected and not delivering dividends to the people due to politicians' autocracy.

Nigeria, he said, is under autocratic rule, saying that democracy was not thriving in Nigeria because of the autocratic nature of politicians, “who obviously was connected to military rule.
He made this known while speaking on the topic “Three Decades of Democratic Transition in Africa’’ organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja.

He said: “Clearly, everybody knows that military rule is an aberration, and if it has done anything in our continent here in Africa is that it has created very dangerous legacies.

“In Nigeria, we have been talking about `militicians’; many of the prominent politicians now are people who learnt politics under military rule, particularly under the Babangida politics of transition. “Many of them now have a do-or-die mentality of engaging in the election and it is a mindset that was imbibed under the military rule.’’

He said that there was growing frustration in Nigeria that democracy has suffered agonizing setbacks in terms of stability, peaceful coexistence and quality of governance.

“Most times, the electoral process is just a routine because candidates who do not represent the people are imposed on the people.

“So, the lack of integrity of the election coming from a military approach is responsible for undermining democracy in Africa.’’

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