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It’s Illegal For Buhari’s In-law To Head INEC –Fayose

Posted: Aug 10, 2015 at 2:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yaqoub Popoola Ado-Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that apart from the danger  that  President  Mohammadu Buhari’s appointment of his in-law, Mrs Amina Zakari, as Acting Chairperson of the Independent National Electoral   Commission  (INEC),  poses to democracy in the country, the position is unknown to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The governor, who called on all lovers of democracy in the country to rise in defence of the impartiality of INEC, which he described as the only factor that can sustain democracy, added that, “the most honourable thing for President Buhari to do is to rescind the unlawful appointment of Mrs  Zakari as INEC Acting Chairperson.”

In a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said “since Mrs Zakari’s tenure as INEC National Electoral Commissioner has expired, she cannot continue to preside legally on INEC affairs, except if duly appointed as substantive Chairman of the commission as provided in Section 154 (1) and (3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“Therefore, ignoring facts suggesting that the INEC Acting Chairperson and President Buhari are in-laws is dangerous to democracy in the country, and lovers of democracy in the country must rise in defence of the impartiality of INEC now.”