‘Amaechi’s revelation validates INEC’s alleged partisanship’
Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to remarks by former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, that reappointment of Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, was allegedly masterminded by a member of Bola Tinubu camp in 2020.
Speaking on Saturday, Amaechi claimed that Yakubu also worked under Governor Nyesom Wike when he was Minister of State for Education and interim Minister of Education in the administration of erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said: “INEC is a complete failure. There are those of us who opposed the reappointment of Mahmood Yakubu. The person, who nominated him, is a member of Tinubu’s camp. So what are you expecting?
“Here in Rivers State, Mahmood (Yakubu) worked under Wike as Executive Secretary of TETFund. So, what you are having in Rivers is that APC and other parties are contesting, not against PDP, but against INEC, against police.”
Responding in a statement yesterday, Abubakar’s. Phrank Shaibu said the disclosure was a confirmation of “our worst fears that Yakubu’s INEC was working for the APC.”
He stated: “Former Governor Amaechi’s revelation is only a confirmation of what everyone always knew that INEC under, the leadership of Prof. Yakubu, is inside the deepest corner of Bola Tinubu’s pocket.
“This is a confirmation of our earlier statement that Tinubu had already embarked on a systematic state capture, where the police, INEC and judiciary are in his pocket. Is it not surprising that the AIG, who was deployed in Rivers State to supervise the governorship and presidential elections, is Kayode Egbetokun, a known ally of Tinubu, who also served as his Chief Security Officer (CSO), while he was governor of Lagos State?
“This unholy alliance between INEC and the police is the reason why the election in Rivers State remains one of the most rigged in the history of Nigeria. Indeed, the journey to state capture has begun.” Shaibu added that INEC chairman’s alleged compromise was reason results of the presidential poll were not electronically uploaded on Election Day.