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“The Wailing Wailers” How The Presidency Responded To PDP Rejection Of Zakari As INEC Chairman

Nigeria’s Presidency has debunked allegations by opposition Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP that the appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as acting Chairman of INEC did not follow due process.The party also claimed that a governor from the north west may have influenced her appointment.

Special Adviser to the president on median publicity,Mr Femi Adesina said in a swift reply Wednesday that “Contrary to Mr Metuh’s allegations, President Buhari’s appointment of Mrs Zakari as Acting INEC Chariman was based entirely on merit, her vast experience in the internal operations of INEC and the President’s commitment to affirmative action in support of gender equality, because, apart from being fully qualified for the position, Mrs Zakari was the only woman among the six Commissioners considered.”

The presicdential spokesman said, “Mr Metuh clearly had nothing new to say apart from his charge of nepotism and partisanship in the appointment of the Acting INEC Chairman, which also lacks any factual foundation.

He maintained that, “President Buhari certainly did not “overrule” Prof. Attahiru Jega in appointing Mrs Amina Zakari as the Acting INEC Chairman, as Mr Metuh alleged.

“Prof. Jega’s purported handing over to another Commissioner cannot be construed as an ‘appointment’ because only the President has the constitutional authority, which he exercised to appoint Mrs Zakari as acting Chairman of INEC.

“Due Process was certainly followed in Mrs Zakari’s appointment. Mr Metuh’s spurious claims of her appointment having been influenced by “personal relationship with the Presidency” and a Governor in the North-West “to pave the way for the APC” at election tribunals should be disregarded by the public.

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