Prof. Attahiru Jega, the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has urged Nigerians against re-electing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the present opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in future elections.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, Jega, the head of INEC from 2010 to 2015, issued the warning.
He slammed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s anti-corruption campaign. He claimed that the ruling party becomes deafeningly quiet once former government thieves join the APC.
“If you look at the fight against corruption, all the people who are said to be thieves will be punished because they stole under the PDP, now they have defected to the APC, and you are silent.
“That is why we think it is time to create a platform for all good people to return to, to contribute to the cause of change in Nigeria.”
Despite being at the helm of power for 20 years, the two leading political parties have failed to improve Nigeria, according to the former INEC chairman.
From its return to civil rule in 1999 to 2015, the PDP ruled Nigeria. The APC will remain in power until the general elections in Nigeria in 2023.
The negative role performed by the two parties over the years, according to Jega, was a clear sign that there was no need to trust them again, and that if they were given another chance right now, the landscape would alter.
“So since these corrupt people have blocked everything, to the point that even if you are a good person if you are in their party and you can’t do anything, then there should be a different party that will bring good people together,” Jega said.
Jega is currently a lecturer at Bayero University in Kano State’s political science department.