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2019 Election: Pressure Group Calls For Resignation Of INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu & Amina Zakari

A political and social political unit in Akwa Ibom, the Justice and Development Initiative has needed the resignation of the chairman of the freelance National Electoral Commission professor Mahmood Yakubu and therefore the freshly appointed national collation officer for the Presidential election, Mrs Amina Zakari.

It has conjointly expressed worry that the private relationship of a brother of Mrs Zakari to legislator Godswill Akpabio might conjointly influence the electoral method and result collation for the polls in Akwa Ibom.

In a statement created accessible to newsmen in Uyo on weekday and supported by its President and Secretary, Tom Chris Morgan and Henry Bassey severally, the group maintained that the INEC chairman by the appointment of Mrs Zakari has incontestible lack of capability to manage and face up to pressures from unconditional interests within the election. It conjointly aforementioned that Zakari’s denial of getting a relationship with the President against all proofs created her unfit to occupy such an edge of trust whilst her husband’s drive of the APC within the Bauchi South legislator race would expose her.

Appointing a relative of the President and a candidate within the presidential election into such a sensitive electoral position amounts to a lucid Conflict-of-Interest scenario whereas the INEC chairman seems to have bowed to pressure from the Presidency and therefore the APC in their desperate bid to make sure that the election result's manipulated in their favour.

The said Mohammed Haruna was the former Daily Trust columnist and current INEC commissioner who said President Muhammadu Buhari’s biological sister was once married to Mrs. Amina Zakari’s father. That makes Amina, Buhari’s niece. This is the definition of a kinswoman within the English Dictionary: A female offspring of one’s brother or sister, or of one’s in-law or relative-in-law. Amina’s father was Buhari’s brother-in-law and that makes her his niece.

Mrs. Amina Zakari isn't solely a blood relation of the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari however conjointly married to the legislator candidate for Bauchi South. Therefore by relationship and affinity, her hands are tied.

It expressed reservations over the intentions of the President on the election observing to earlier allegations created by another Presidential candidate Mrs Oby Ezekwesili and therefore the Peoples political party.

“Nigerians need a new direction and therefore the President should avoid actions that recommend he needs to suppress the aspirations of the individuals within the 2019 elections. Any action of the President that aims at giving him a plus within the Feb elections amounts to political corruption and abuse of power since he's exploitation his political power for personal gain as a candidate. INEC should not solely be honest however should be seen to be honest to any or all as well as registered political parties and particularly to Nigerians United Nations agency square measure the stakeholders of the Nigerian project.” They said.

As a body that is committed to peace, justice and development we therefore call on INEC to reverse the appointment of Zakari as chairperson in the interest of justice and equity in order to make sure peace and provides all the candidates tier enjoying ground. We appeal Mrs Zakari to resign her appointment given the very fact that she repeatedly failing the tendency check, especially on her dispositions in the immediate past governorship elections in the South-West wherever she was responsible of electoral operations and supplying.

Furthermore, we appeal to the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu to resign his appointment because his appointment of a relative of the President into a such a sensitive position has revealed his bias and lack capability to resist influence and intimidation from unconditional interests within the 2019 election. We conjointly appeal the international community to affix the Nigerian individuals and prevail on President Buhari to observe the Peace Accord, with exemplary actions, so as to create confidence in the process he is leading.

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