You Appointed Amina Zakari, Presidency Tells PDP
The disagreement between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the integrity of a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Hajiya Amina Zakari, has continued.
It has become an issue that has now resulted in accusations and counter-accusations.
While the PDP has said it doubts her integrity as an electoral commissioner, the Presidency in a statement on Friday said the PDP appointed her in the first place.
It is a baseless accusation, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, said.
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) asked the National Assembly to "save our nation from imminent political crisis by immediately commencing the process of the removal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece, Mrs Amina Zakari, from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)".
He called the statement earlier issued by the PDP another mendacious press release, and claimed that the PDP had in their desperation, forgotten that it was the PDP government that appointed her in the first place.
The Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2011 appointed her as a National Electoral Commissioner.
"They keep lying, as they have been caught doing on so many issues, by imputing a blood relationship between her and President Muhammadu Buhari.
"President Buhari and Commissioner Amina Zakari don’t share a family relationship. An inter-marriage occurred in their extended families, so the imputation of blood relationship between the President and the electoral commissioner is a simple lie.
"What is even more curious about all the fuss coming from the PDP is that they, as a ruling party picked Mrs Zakari, judging her by her own merit and made her an electoral commissioner.
"She served so well with distinction as can be verified from the records that President Buhari approved the recommendation that she be reappointed, as he did other PDP nominees for second-term of four years.
"PDP, therefore, has no moral right to keep harassing this hardworking mother unless they have a hidden agenda.
"By this statement, the PDP is guilty of scoring an own goal and two, of harassing an innocent citizen on the basis of a lie, pure and simple," Mr Adesina said.
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