BREAKING: Mahmood Yakubu To Be Removed As INEC Chairman, Ahead Of The 2019 General Elections, Alarming Reasons Given

By Post-Nigeria: June 11, 2018 09:02

BREAKING: Mahmood Yakubu To Be Removed As INEC Chairman, Ahead Of The 2019 General Elections, Alarming Reasons Given

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, has expressed fear that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, may not deliver free and fair elections in 2019.

It noted that: “The bug of nepotism and sectionalism that this administration is renowned for, has also eaten up the leadership of the Commission.”

The Forum demanded the removal of the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, noting that, there were “accumulated indications” that he might rig the election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Forum made this disclosure at a Press Conference, in Abuja, on Sunday, attended by Chief Edwin Clark, representing the South-South; Chief Ayo Adebanjo, South-West; Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, South-East; Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (retd.), Middle Belt; Air Commodore Nkanga Idongesit, South-South; and others.

Idongesit, the Chairman of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, who delivered the group’s position, argued that retaining the Service Chiefs who ought to have retired and keeping Yakubu as the INEC boss, were suspicious.

He added that this was in tandem with the narrative that they would play partisan roles in favour of the President.

Idongesit said: “From 1960 till date, only President Muhammadu Buhari has been audacious to pick only people who are either his relations or of the same ethnic stock with him, to lead the electoral body.

“The Balewa government headed by a Northerner, appointed Prof. Eyo Ita Esua from the South, who was in charge of the Federal Electoral Commission from 1960-66; Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, a Yoruba, set up the Federal Electoral Commission under Michael Ani (1976-1979). When Dr. Goodluck Jonathan came in from the South-South, he appointed Prof. Attahiru Jega from the North-West (June 2010-Oct. 2015).”

The group contended that it was only President Buhari who appointed his relation from the North-West, Mrs. Amina Zakari, as the Acting INEC Chairman, when he became President in 2015, before he appointed Yakubu from the North-East, as a substantive Chairman.

“The relationship between the powerful Amina Zakari and the INEC Chairman, is so strong that it has the tendency to influence the outcome of the elections in favour of the appointee”, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders stressed.

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