A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has warned that unless the security challenges ravaging the country were adequately addressed, the 2023 general election may not hold.
Jega said this on Thursday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, while delivering a keynote address at the fourth Abiola Ajimobi annual roundtable and the 72nd post-houmous birthday of the former governor.
Also, the Senator Abiola Ajimobi Resource Centre which was built by Senator Abiola Ajimobi Foundation in memory of the late politician was inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Jega said security was key to the conduct of any election.
He said, “Unless elections are conducted in an environment that is peaceful and secure, its integrity and even the legitimacy of the outcome of that election will be questioned.
“Security challenges undermine electoral integrity. It constrains or disrupts or prevents preparations and conduct of elections and it leads to partially, if not totally, illegitimate electoral outcomes.
“As we look forward to the 2023 general elections, there is increasing apprehension that the pervasive insecurity situation in the country may present a formidable obstacle if not obstruction to that election.
“If not appropriately and effectively mitigated, security challenges would pose the most serious danger to the integrity of the election process if it even allows the election to be conducted.”
Jega said the 2007 general election was regarded as the most flawed election in the country because security agents either worked at cross-purposes or worked for different masters.
Wife of late Ajimobi, Florence, who is the president of SAAF said the resource centre was donated as part of the contribution of the foundation towards giving people access to quality education.