Monday, September 28THE LEGISLATURE

PDP Reacts as INEC Appoints Amina Zakari, Buhari’s Niece as Head, Collation Center for Presidential Election

BY OBUTE JAMES

Following the inauguration of Amina Zakari as Chairperson of Results Collation Committee for the 2019 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will not accept President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece (Amina Zakari) to head the unit.

In a statement signed by Director, Media & Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday January 3, 2019 the party reiterated its recent claim that President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to rig himself back into power, hence the appointment of Zakari, his niece as the head of INEC Advisory Committee and Presidential Election Collation Centre Committee.

Below is parts of the statement “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.

“We, therefore, call on all Nigerians and particularly the National Peace Committee to note that with the appointment of Amina Zakari as head of the collation of presidential results, the INEC chairman is setting the stage for a very huge political crisis, which is capable of derailing our democratic process.

“We also urge the United Nations and other global democratic institutions to take note of this appointment by the INEC Chairman.

“If the INEC Chairman wants a peaceful presidential election, he should, with the speed of light, reverse himself on this appointment.

“The PPCO reiterates its position that, for us to have a peaceful election, Mrs. Amina Zakari should not be seen anywhere near any of the 2019 election processes, not to talk of being involved in the collation of presidential results.

“The PDP remains committed to a peaceful and credible process, but we will never, in any way, allow anybody to use any means, under any guise whatsoever, to rig us out in this election — not after it is clear that Nigerians have attained a consensus to rally behind our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their next president.

“All we ask for is a free, fair, credible and transparent electoral process in which the votes of Nigerians will not only count but will be seen to have counted.”

“Like Mr. President said during his 2019 budget presentation at the National Assembly, the world is watching us,” the statement added.

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