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FW: Is Amina Zakari related to the President?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.


This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news

The Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) on Thursday, 3rd January 2019 inaugurated an advisory committee for the upcoming elections in February.

The advisory committee will be headed by Air Vice Marshall Ahmed Tijani Muazu while the National Collation Center Committee will be headed by Amina Zakari.

Amina Zakari, who has held many key positions within INEC over the past years, has been accused by different stakeholders of planning to rig the elections in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. A lot of reports have claimed she’s related to the President by blood, and therefore unfit to head the Collation Center Committee because of a possible conflict of interest.

Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, top members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP)  have expressed their anger at Zakari’s appointment claiming it is a plot to ‘steal’ the elections.

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