Opposition parties under the umbrella of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other stakeholders in the 2019 elections have again called for the removal of Amina Zakari as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Ad hoc Committee on National Collation Centre.
The coalition made the demand in a statement by its first national spokesperson, Imo Ugochinyere, on Thursday, threatening to pull out of the Peace Accord initiated by the Gen Abdusalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee if Zakari’s appointment is not removed.
Mr. Ugochinyere said “The desperation of the President must be reined in now before it is too late.
“We categorically reject this appointment and will consider very drastic measures including pulling out of the peace accord which does not repose a commensurate responsibility of the President to allow INEC conduct credible, free and fair elections.”
Also IPAC’s president Mr. Peter Ameh said on Friday that Mrs Zakari should be removed for the sake of transparency and fairness.
He urged INEC to cancel the appointment of Zakari as the chairperson of the committee on National Collation Centre forthwith.
Meanwhile, the Presidency on friday denied that President Muhammadu Buhari and Zakari are blood relations.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, said this in a statement, claiming that there is no blood link between Buhari and Zakari.
He said, “President Buhari and Commissioner Amina Zakari don’t share a family relationship. An inter-marriage occurred in their extended families; so the imputation of blood relationship between the President and the electoral commissioner is a simple lie.”