‘INEC Chairman Must Resign’ – Group Cries Out

The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) has come out to demand the resignation of INEC’s chairman Mahmood Yakubu, according to a statement by one of the aides, the group said;”What we have witnessed today in the appointment of Amina Zakari by Mahmood Yakubu is the final straw in what has been a partisan-laden commission. “INEC as we know it no longer exists, instead it has become another arm of the presidency and the ruling party with the chairman of the commission taking orders from the office of the Chief of Staff. The neutrality and unbiased standing of INEC has been eroded with the appointment of a blood relative of a major contender into a pivotal role for the presidential election. “But this is not the only crime of the Mahmood Yakubu-led tenure, rather, it is one of the many steps toward rechristening the commission into a ‘Buhari Electoral Commission’. We all witnessed the abysmal defense of constructive criticism by the media aide of the chairman written in tenses that suggest it was crafted by Lai Mohammed and only passed to INEC for signature. “We also witnessed how INEC, in spite of the international and nationwide condemnation of the electoral fraud disguised as the election in Osun gubernatorial election, defended the gigantic antidemocratic process and allowed same to stand. “It is with these evidence that we strongly believe that an INEC under the leadership of Mahmood Yakubu cannot conduct a free, fair and transparent election and thereby demand that he tenders his resignation letter. Doing otherwise will only interpret to a presidential election determined before it commences.“If Yakubu decides to be unpatriotic and delay his resignation, it is only manly of him to then issue a certificate of return to President Buhari and forgo the plan of wasting huge resources and precious time in conducting an election,”  Photo Credit: Getty


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