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How insecurity, violence undermine polls, by Osinbajo, Jega

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
17 December 2021   |   3:00 am
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; former Chairman of the the Independent National Electoral Commisson (INEC), Prof. Atthahiru Jega; renowned security scholar

Wife of former Governor of Oyo State, Florence Ajimobi (left) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, during the commissioning of Senator Abiola Ajimobi Resource Centre at the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS), University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State… yesterday.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; former Chairman of the the Independent National Electoral Commisson (INEC), Prof. Atthahiru Jega; renowned security scholar, Prof. Olawale Albert; a journalist, Mr. Babajide Kolade-Otitoju; security expert, Dr. Dominic Danjibo and others, yesterday, lamented that insecurity and violence undermine election and good governance.

They stated this during the Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s 72nd post-humous birthday, fourth Senator Abiola Ajimobi round-table and commissioning of Senator Abiola Ajimobi Resource Centre donated by Abiola Ajimobi Foundation to the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS), University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, Oyo State.

Osinbajo, who was chairman on the occasion, said the right of freedom of choice is undermined by violence.

“I think that all I would want to say is that man has not yet developed a fairer or a more just system of establishing government and government of the people, by the people and for the people. This is demonstrated that it is this system, captured in one word ‘democracy’, that guarantees the respect for the right of the individual to choose their leaders.

“This right of choice is a civil and political right and it is fundamental because that is what separates us in term of organisation from animals. This system of government guarantees the accountability of the elected to the electorate as the electorate determine in every electoral cycle by their free choice whether the mandate given was properly utilized,” he said.

On his part, Jega, who was the lead paper presenter, said insecurity undermined election integrity.

According to him, insecurity challenges will pose the most serious dangers even if it allows the election to be conducted. Election violence will affect the integrity of election.

“It is absolutely necessary to provide security for election to make people come out freely to register without apprehension, give the electorate confidence to come out, enable election officers to feel safe, secure materials and reduce manipulation in compilation of results,” Jega said.

President of the Foundation, Dr. Florence Ajimobi, described her husband in glowing tributes. She canvassed punishment for those involved in election violence.

The moderator of the event, Prof. Olawale Albert, who described the late Ajimobi as a critical mind, hence the building of the structure in his honour, said if Nigeria fails to deal with election violence, the future polls would be undermined.

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