‘Don’t vote for APC, PDP’ — Jega
Professor Attahiru Muhammad Jega, the former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria ( INEC), has urged Nigerians not to vote for the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) again, citing their alleged failure to bring about the desired growth and development in Nigeria over the past 20 years.
He claimed that the two major political parties were like Siamese twins, and that Nigerians needed to find a legitimate alternative.
” 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 alleged.
Speaking in a recent interview in Kaduna, Jega explained 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 the 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 claimed that people in power in the big political parties have wrecked everything and stigmatised the parties to the point where anyone who joins them is assumed to be like them.
He said that was why “it has now become imperative to have a new platform where good Nigerians will constitute the membership.”
Jega also said that Nigeria’s current difficulties are the result of a lack of strong leadership, which has sparked a series of calls for the country to be divided.
” 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.