Peoples Democratic Party has taken a swipe on President Muhammadu Buhari over appointment of Mrs.Amina Zakari as the new acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Amina Zakari as the new acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been faulted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The party said the choice of Amina at this stage of litigation by the ruling APC the election tribunal was not only dipped in controversy but also marred with nepotism even as the President has injected bad blood in the leadership structure of the Commission following his quick reversal of Mohammed Wali’s emergence as acting chair of the commission.
The party queried the sudden reversal of Jega’s choice by the Presidency when it had all the time to make its decision much earlier before the expiration date of Jega’s exit which has been common knowledge over a month ago. Professor Attahiru Jega had handed over to Ambassador Mohammed Wali, a national commissioner from Sokoto state and due to retire in August 11 but was reversed by the President later Tuesday Night and appointed Amina Zakari from Jigawa state who has only three weeks in the service but to stay until a new chair is elected.
National Publicity Secretary of the party Chief Olisa Metuh said this yesterday in a Press Conference at the Wadata House secretariat of the Party. According to Metuh: “The PDP is particularly disturbed by the development in INEC where President Buhari, who knew all along that the immediate-past INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega would be leaving office by June 30, had to wait for him to handover to one of the national commissioners only to reverse it immediately, thereby injecting bad blood in the commission.
“The situation in INEC since the PDP government reformed and granted it operational autonomy has been peaceful, but Tuesday’s untidy overruling of Prof. Jega and appointing of Mrs. Amina Zakari as acting chairman which, we gathered was influenced by personal relationship with the Presidency and one of the new governors of the North West, ostensibly to pave the way for the APC at the electoral tribunals, has completely eroded public trust in the commission.
“Whereas the PDP recognizes the right and powers of the President to appoint the Chairman of INEC and the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), we reject attempts as in the case of the AGF to paint the process as transparent and objective when such was not the case, but brought to question the sincerity and commitment of the present administration to due process.
Demanding her removal to halt the apparent bad blood created by the slowed decision by the President the party said the “PDP states in unequivocal terms that we cannot, as critical stakeholders fold our hands and watch while the Presidency perpetuate actions that diminish the independence of the electoral commission. The PDP has declared the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as unacceptable and demand that President Buhari changes her immediately.
Metuh further argued that “With the prevailing record of Mr. President on appointments, it is unlikely that a substantive INEC Chairman will be appointed in the next one year. Is there a hidden agenda? Has Mrs. Zakari been handed a script to act given that we have cases in the tribunals in addition to the forthcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa? The party also dismissed the claims by the spokesmen of the president and the All Progressive Party (APC) for its claims that General Buhari has made significant achievements since the las 32 days.
He maintained that their claims is nothing but a voodoo achievements only reigning and visible in their imagination adding that if the present state of motion without movement could be so celebrated, then the country was in for long walk of inactivity. Metuh said the PDP does not have any personal issues against the President but will not fold its hands and allow the president’s handlers undermine the collective intelligence of the citizens when it is available to offer the countrymen an alternative through credible and we’ll researched opposition.
Furthermore, the PDP finds it sycophantic, insincere and the height of deceit for the APC to continue to deceive President Buhari by parading voodoo achievements and pretending that all is well with the nation even when it is obvious that the government has not been able to locate its bearing.