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Why we don’t want Zakari as INEC boss – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will continue
to demand the removal of the Acting Chairman of the
Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Amina
It said this was the position taken by the party at the
meeting of members of the National Working Committee,
despite what it described as unwarranted attacks on its
officials by the Presidency.

The meeting was held in Abuja at the party’s headquarters
on Wednesday.

The party said it was privy to the fact that Zakari, who it
claimed has a strong relationship with President
Muhammadu Buhari and a very prominent APC North-West
governor, is allegedly collaborating with the ruling party to
post Resident Electoral Commissioners of its choice to Kogi
and Bayelsa States ahead of the forthcoming governorship
elections in those states.

The PDP raised the alarm of alleged moves to use the
period of Zakari’s stay as head of the commission to
allegedly tinker with electoral personnel and materials for
the two states in favour of the APC.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a
statement in Abuja on Saturday said President Buhari, in
appointing Zakari, failed to take into cognizance the moral
call to detach himself from the operation of the electoral
body thereby completely eroding the independence of the

He pointed out that the issue at stake was not that of
Zakari’s competence or performance in office but the fact
of “nepotism and her closeness to the President and some
key APC leaders, which calls into question the independence
of the electoral body under her.”

The statement said, “We want Nigerians to know that with
this appointment, INEC has been stripped of its
independence and can no longer command the confidence
and respect of the citizens and all other critical stakeholders
in the nation’s electoral process.

“We however find it astonishing, discouraging and
disheartening that the spokesperson of the President will
address Nigerians and lie to the entire citizenry that Zakari
never had any relationship with the President or an APC
Governor in the Northwest. This is the height of deception
coming from the respected office of the President of our
dear country.

“We ask, is the spokesperson for the President oblivious of
the public fact that the Acting Chairman of INEC was once a
staff of Afri-Project Consortium, a company well associated
with the President?

“Is he by any means feigning ignorance of the fact that Mrs.
Zakari also worked in the past as Secretary of Health and
Human Services, Social Development and later that of
Agriculture and Rural Development in the Federal Capital
Development Authority, then under a current APC governor
of the North-West?

“How much of Zakari’s roles in the last general elections
does the spokesperson for the President, who has just been
appointed, know to warrant his brazen defence?”

He added that even where the party conceded to the
argument that the President has the powers to appoint any
person he deems fit as the INEC Chairman, he said such
powers must take into cognizance the sensitivity of the
position involved.

Otherwise, Metuh said the President can as well appoint his
wife or brother as the electoral umpire on an argument of

He stressed that as long as the acting chairman remains in
office, it would not recognise the electoral body as the being

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