PDP divided over appointment of INEC Chairman

The Peoples Democratic Party is currently divided in its position on the appointment of the Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Amina Zakari.

The PDP, through Olisa Metuh, had claimed that the call for her removal was a position taken by the party at the 403 meeting of members of the National Working Committee, however, another national officer of the party out-rightly diagreed.

The National Publicity Secretary, Metuh had on behalf of the party stated that the INEC chairperson has a strong relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari and a North-West governor of the All Progressive Congress.

Metuh said that Zakari’s competence or performance in office was not in question, but that the issue was of “nepotism and her closeness to the President and some key APC leaders, which calls into question the independence of the electoral body under her.”

However, Metuh’s deputy, Ibrahim Jalo, failed to agree with him, saying he had asked Metuh to produce the minutes of the meeting where the decision was taken.

Jalo revealed to Punch on Saturday, that there was no need to create enmity for the opposition party in both the commission and northern Nigeria where Zakari hails from.

He said: “Zakari was appointed by a member of our party, former President Goodluck Jonathan into the commission and that time, we didn’t raise objection.

Why now that she was elevated to lead the commission briefly when she is due to retire soon, that we are now talking about her alleged closeness to some people?

We should be careful of what we say or do. We are begging people to come and join us, yet, by our actions we are creating more enemies.”

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