Lecturers connived with politicians to compromise Integrity of 2019 polls- Ex INEC chair, Attahiru Jega, says


Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has accused lecturers used as ad hoc staff during the 2019 elections of conniving with politicians to compromise the integrity of the polls.

Jega said this when he spoke at the 15th annual conference of Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (FAAN), which took place at the Dangote Business School at Bayero University, Kano yesterday Wednesday April 17th.

The former election commission umpire, alleged that the attitude of some lecturers during the polls paved the way for faulty recruitment process of the political class during the polls.

“Look at what happened during the last elections, and the story of irregularities being spread even in the four walls of BUK. The politicians, through crooked means, got alliances with lecturers in the university to compromise the system and they perpetrated all sort of irregularities, which paved way for a faulty process for the continued entrenchment of bad people in governance.

“Maybe I am preaching to the converted or I am talking nonsense, but frankly speaking, I am beginning to think that we are not taking the obligations of scholarship and intellectual engagement with the seriousness it deserves.

“I think the major crisis in Nigeria’s democracy is that our electoral integrity has been under assault, compromised and undermined by those who have control over the process.” he said