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INEC Boss, Yakubu, Receives Backlash Over Election Postponement

INEC Boss Yakubu’s postponement of general elections may cost him his job, as Buhari may replace him with Amina Zakari

Funsho Akinwale

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Nigerians across the country have continued to express their displeasure over the postponement of the presidential election earlier scheduled to hold today, Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Some lovers of democracy and several stakeholders have called on the commission chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to resign with immediate effect.

According to Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP Chairman, who has also advised the INEC boss to resign, INEC is acting a script designed by the president to further hold on to power by all means.

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, in his submission, opined that the president is behind the sudden postponement, having confirmed that he cannot win the election in a normal free and fair atmosphere.

There are, however, speculations milling around that Buhari may likely name Amina Zakari as the acting chairman, considering her vast experience as the oldest national commissioner.

Further checks have revealed that the president will play a fast one on the INEC boss and suspend him over his inability to hold the election today.

The commission chairman is presently in a dilemma over his refusal to hold the election today, which was supposed to favour the president and allow his men to manipulate the process.

Recall that before today, the president through Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had approached the commission to go ahead with the election today as planned and postpone the exercise only in a few states with material distribution issues.

But the INEC boss, who preferred to hold the election simultaneously across the country and to possibly avoid inconclusive issues, turned down Malami’s request. He made his decision and postponed all general elections.

Many woke up on Saturday morning to receive the news with disappointment.

The decision was taken early Saturday after an emergency meeting between 12 national commissioners and INEC chairman over logistic problems, as claimed by the commission.

After several deliberations, February 23 has been fixed for the presidential and national assembly elections earlier scheduled for February 16.

The gubernatorial election, which was slated to hold on March 2 will now take place on March 9, 2019.