Ahead of the 2019 elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come under criticism. This was over its appointment of Amina Zakari as head of the commission’s collation centre committee.
It was garnered that Zakari is widely believed to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece.
In a reaction to the development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) criticized the appointment of Zakari. Zakari had been INEC’s national commissioner in charge of welfare and health.
The party was addressing a press conference in Abuja where it said the appointment would compromise the presidential election. This is particularly on account of “her blood relationship” with Buhari who is a candidate in the poll.
This was contained in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan. He described the appointment as weakening the fabric of our democracy.
“Today, we have been informed that the chairman of INEC, apparently in furtherance of the plots to rig the presidential election, has appointed Amina Zakari, a blood relation (niece) of the APC candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, as the chairperson of INEC advisory committee and presidential election collation centre committee.
“The PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) vehemently and unequivocally rejects, in its entirety, the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari, President Buhari’s blood relation, as the head of the collation of results, in the same election in which her uncle, President Buhari, as a candidate, has displayed a huge desperation to win.”
“The appointment of Amina Zakari, who had been openly accused in various quarters as being the link person between INEC and the Buhari presidency in their schemes to rig the election for President Buhari, constitutes a direct violence against the presidential election and the PDP will not, in any way, whatsoever, accept it.”