Worsening security challenges may affect 2023 elections – Jega warns

The rising security challenges in the country may affect the conduct of the 2023 general elections, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has said.

Speaking at the fourth ‘Senator Abiola Ajimobi Roundtable’ on Thursday, organised by the Abiola Ajimobi Foundation and the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Jega said the security challenges may pose a serious threat to the elections.

Jega, who served as INEC chairman during the 2011 and 2015 General Elections, maintained that security was important in order to have free and credible elections in the country.

The event, which haf as its theme: “Election security and good governance in Nigeria”, was organised as part of activities to mark the 2nd posthumous birthday of the Late Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate-past governor of Oyo State, who died last year.

According to the ex-INEC chairman, “To achieve credible elections, Nigeria must constantly work to ensure that elections are credible, and to avoid security breaches during future elections, there must be an improvement in the security arrangements in the country”.

Professor Jega further stated: “We want delivery of goods and services by democratically elected people. As we look forward to 2023, there is increased apprehension”.

The event had in attendance, Ajimobi’s wife, Florence Ajimobi, Feputy Governors of Oyo and Osun States, Ra’uf Olaniyan and Benedict Alabi, Ayo Adeseun, who represented the APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, among other dignitaries.

Jega noted that to avoid breaches during future elections, there must be an improvement in the security arrangements in the country.

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