The last have not been heard of the outcry by many political parties of the announcement by INEC on Thursday naming hajiya Amina Zakari the chairman of the Presidential Election Collation Centre Committee for the 2019 election. PDP’s Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) yesterday called on the National Assembly to immediately commence the process of removing Mrs Amina Zakari from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This report was made public when the spokesman for the PDP Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, told reporters in Abuja that the National Assembly should step in to save the nation from imminent political crisis, according to Ologbondiyan the party’s refusal to accept this development is predicated on the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari is an uncle to Mrs Zakari.
The PDP added that the Zakari has all along been a tool with which the Buhari presidency has been using to mount pressure on INEC, the parties position is that the Buhari administration has brazenly foisted her as the collation officer for the presidential election so that through her influence President Buhari will be declared the winner of the 2019 presidential election.
Ologbondiyan further said,
“The PPCO holds that a credible electoral commission must be completely impartial, transparent, totally independent and immune from external control by interested entities. These are qualities INEC can no longer lay claim to as long as Amina Zakari remains a member of the commission.
“By foisting Mrs. Amina Zakari to lead the final process of the election, President Buhari is seeking a way to annex INEC, practically, take over the collation of results, and announce himself the winner.
“This is a clear invitation to anarchy and a huge political crisis capable of derailing our democracy because Nigerians, across the board, are already in vehement rejection of this self-succession plot and are now, more than ever before, ready to use every necessary means available and accessible to them in a democracy to protect our democratic process
“It will interest Nigerians to know that following public outcry against her nomination, Amina Zakari’s agents, last night, surreptitiously attempted to compromise the media by sending secret messages to emails of editors with the view to watering down and swaying the direction of information on her provocative appointment to lead the collation of presidential election results.
“Also, we have been informed of how Mrs. Zakari led other top INEC officials to a secret meeting with some top officials of the Buhari Campaign Organization (BCO) in Abuja on ways to introduce the controversial Incidence Form under a new name and use such to manipulate the collation of results.
“We therefore urge Nigerians and lovers of democracy all over the world to unite in condemning this scheme by the Buhari presidency to use Amina Zakari to enmesh our election into unnecessary controversy and trigger a political crisis in our country, just because they have realised that President Buhari cannot win the presidential election.
“President Buhari and Amina Zakari should know that Nigerians have made up their minds in rallying behind our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their next president and no amount of machination, shenanigans and scheming will stop this resolve.