Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega says the influence of money politics is increasingly depleting Nigeria’s electoral integrity and may ruin the 2019 general elections if not checked.
Jega said this while delivering a keynote address on what is responsible for recurring leadership failure in Africa, laying emphasis on Nigeria.
The forum on nation building was hosted by the Department of State Security (DSS), on Thursday, in Abuja.
According to him, money politics, like what allegedly happened during the Ekiti governorship election is a dangerous pointer to the direction the 2019 election may go.
The former electoral commission boss charged Nigerians to use the 2019 polls to elect those he described as leaders that will rebuild Nigeria’s broken bonds of unity.
The former INEC chairman is however hopeful that Nigerians will use the general elections to correct what he described as ongoing mistakes in the polity.
The Executive Intelligence Management Course Eleven of the Institute for Security Studies brought together 57 participants from 23 security agencies to foster synergy to tackle national emergency.