Following preparations for the 2023 general election, it has been reported that former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has stated that he has no intention to contest for Presidency in the 2023 elections.
According to reports, Jega disclosed this on Saturday at a lecture organised by the Kwara Visioners Network for Rural Development, with the theme ‘Politics, Governance and Leadership Recruitment in 21st Century Democracy,’ in Ilorin, Kwara State.
According to him, “I have not told anybody that I have presidential ambition. These are speculations in the newspapers. It is true that I have registered as a member of a political party because I have decided no longer to do ‘siddon look’, and I have decided to contribute in any way possible to help develop a strong, political party that can be impactful, whether in the local level or in the state level, or at the national level.”
Jega stated that, “When we are trying to build a party, first things first. We have to have the structure first. If people start with building a party today and deciding to become a candidate tomorrow, actually, you’re trying to destroy the basis of building the party, because everybody will have ambition.”