Prof. Attahiru Jega, former head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has stated that “reckless politicians” entered the election result-viewing platform known as IReV during the 2023 general election.
Jega made this statement while appearing on Channels Television’s Inside Sources programme on Friday.
During the presidential election on February 25, 2023, the commission was unable to instantly submit the results to the IReV portal, causing a public outrage.
Reacting to the development, Jega said despite the commission’s efforts to get it right, some desperate politicians frustrated its efforts by infiltrating the portal.
Jega said, “In 2023, INEC did its best under very difficult circumstances, and a lot of these difficult circumstances were caused by the mindset of our selfish politicians who wanted to win by hook or by crook.
“INEC has over time introduced technology to make the process of election results very transparent with integrity, but from my own experience when I was in INEC from 2011 to 2015, I suspect that a lot of that has continued to be so up to 2023, our reckless politicians try to be a step ahead of INEC.
“If you introduce something today and you try it, they try to be a step ahead of you and beat it by the next election.
“And of course, they can also use ways and means to not only truncate but also bypass something that has actually been put legitimately in order to add to the integrity of the process.
“If you ask for my opinion, I feel very strongly that INEC needs to tell us more about what happened with the IReV.
“In fact, at one point, I was even calling for a thorough public inquiry about what happened with regards to IReV.
“I feel that something has happened, that in spite of the confidence and the very articulate manner the INEC chairman (Mahmood Yakubu) had spoken about the IReV, it then failed.
“I believe that some of our reckless politicians may have infiltrated it and truncated it but INEC will take the blame for that.”