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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appointed a National Commissioner in the commission, Mrs. Amina Zakari, as the chairperson of the presidential election collation committee.
Mrs. Zakari, a former acting head of the commission, is said to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece.
INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this Thursday, while inaugurating two ad-hoc committees, as part of the commission’s determination to ensure seamless preparations for the general elections.
He said the commission decided to set up two adhoc committees to drive important component of the electoral process, adding that the first committee would be responsible for logistics, while the second committee would be responsible for collation of presidential election.
Yakubu noted that the commission was aware that the conduct of general elections was the biggest and the most complex logistics operations that a nation could undertake.
Meanwhile, the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has described Zakari’s appointment as “outright manipulations.” PDP also challenged the President to excuse his niece from such a critical assignment if he’s actually committed to free, fair and credible elections.
This was said via a statement signed by Director, Media & Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The statement reads in part m“The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation vehemently and unequivocally rejects, in its entirety, the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari, President Buhari’s blood relation, as head of the collation of results in the same election in which her uncle, President Buhari, is a candidate.
“The appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari constitutes a direct violence against the presidential election and the PDP will not, in any way, whatsoever, accept it.
“This is the same Amina Zakari who headed the ICT Department of INEC. It will interest Nigerians to note that this is the same Amina Zakari that was alleged to have played some roles in the 2018 governorship election in Osun state.
“In appointing Mrs. Amina Zakari to head the collation of this Presidential election, Prof. Yakubu has confirmed that he has been compromised