Professor Attahiru Muhammad Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has advised Nigerians not to trust the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to implement the reforms they have repeatedly promised.
According to Jega in an interview on BBC Hausa, Nigerians should consider an alternative to the PDP rather than raking in losses from those who defected to the APC by stealing under the PDP administration and then stealing under the APC regime.
“Both the APC and the PDP have ruled the country but all we have seen, they do not mean reform. If you look at the fight against corruption, all the people who are said to be thieves and will be punished because they stole under PDP, they have now defected to the APC, and nothing happen to them. “That is why we believe it is time to create a platform for all good people should join, and contribute to the cause of change in Nigeria. So this is the reason why I have already registered with the PRP as a party member to see how I can help Nigeria."
Even good Nigerians cannot bring about change if they are members of the APC or the PDP, said the former INEC chairman. He urged such people to join a different party and work to save the country.
“Even if you are a good person, and you are in their party you can’t do anything, then there should be a different party that will bring good people together and work towards saving the country. “I have been a university lecturer since 1979, now 40 years, so what I read and observed during my tenure as chairman of INEC, and the way our politicians are doing before and after winning election is alarming. The way they are running the country honestly indicates fear.”
In addition, he blamed lack of good governance in the country for calls for division and secession.