2019: 'Nobody Can Intimidate Me' – INEC Chairman
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu says he would not allow any person to either intimidate or influence him.
“I have passed the stage where someone can intimidate me to do what is wrong,” Yakubu said in the current edition of The Interview.
He made this statement in light of concerns about voter registration and accusations by politicians that INEC cannot be trusted.
Yakubu, however, said: “I have passed that stage, where I can be intimidated, with due respect.
“And the real test is in what we have done (178 ‘mini’ elections) so far.
“The most interesting thing for me is that both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accuse us equally.
“So, that means we are doing something right.”
Yakubu said he had never faced any pressure from the Presidency or any other quarters to bend the rules.
“We know that poorly conducted elections are a recipe for disaster,” Yakubu said. “We will never tread that path.”
On the Kano underage voting, the INEC Chairman said: "These are elections that are not the legal and constitutional responsibilities of INEC.
"There are legal entities that conduct local and government elections in this country. So, on what basis are we going to prosecute electoral offenders in an election in which INEC is not legally responsible for?"
"Reminded that potential abuse of INEC’s register is enough basis for prosecution, he said the argument could also be stretched to other agencies involved in the process", including the Police.