Southern Leaders Demands Removal Of INEC Chair
Speculations have revealed that the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum will hold a meeting tommorrow which may ordr for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu ahead of the 2019 elections.
This was made known by the Joint Secretary of the forum, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, whle he conversed with newsmen.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the southerners and middle belt forum claim that the INEC chair will rig the elections to favour Muhammadu Buhari.
Acccording to Odumakin, “the four geopolitical zones that constituted the forum had no confidence in Yakubu.”
He said, “The meeting is a continuation of our normal consultations on the issue of restructuring to have a just and fair Nigeria.”
“Those issues continue to dominate our agenda. We have put our demand for removal of the INEC Chairman and the service chiefs as a cardinal issue. We are not going to back down on them. We would continue to press on them. They would form part of the issues for discussion on Friday.”
“15 out of the 17 security chiefs were from the northern region.”
“The impediments (to the 2019 elections) are so many. The major impediment is the security architecture in the country, the way the President has organised the security architecture, having 15 out of 17 service chiefs from his region.”
“The tenure of the service chiefs has expired, but he kept them. This is geared towards the 2019 elections. Again, the composition of INEC does not give us confidence about the elections.”
“The former acting Chairman of INEC, Amina Zakari, appointed by President Buhari happened to be his relation. Our information indicated that Zakari is more powerful than the INEC chairman. The nepotism that had crept into INEC does not give us confidence that there would be free and fair elections.”
“The alleged violence that attended the congresses of the ruling All Progressives Congress was an indication that the election might be turbulent.”
“The forum, had learnt that foreigners including Nigeriens were being registered by INEC to vote in 2019, adding that the electoral commission had refused to release the report of its findings into underage voting in Kano.”
“We also learnt a lot of foreigners had been brought in from Niger Republic to register so that they can vote in 2019 and INEC has not responded to this.”
“Underage voters were registered in Kano and they voted and INEC set up a committee to look into it, but up till now, it has refused to release the report, why? These are some of our fears for the election in 2019 and if they are not addressed, it is going be so turbulent,” it noted.
Odumakin concluded that, “Even the way the APC has been conducting its congresses does not give us confidence that they will conduct credible polls. They are killing people in their own party, what will they do when they face the opposition?”