Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has given a graphic detail of how President Muhammadu Buhari’s supposed niece, Amina Zakari’s appointment as the Chairperson of INEC’s Advisory Committee and Presidential Election Collation Centre Committee, was sealed at a midnight secret meeting in the Villa.
It would be recalled that the appointment of Mrs Zakari as chair of the 2019 presidential collation centre has continued to receive widespread condemnation both within and outside Nigeria.
The move is largely viewed as an attempt to rig the 2019 presidential election in favour of Buhari.
Frank, in a statement to DAILY POST on Friday in Abuja, disclosed that the meeting took place at the Glass House inside the Aso Rock Villa in the early hours of Thursday prior to the announcement of the appointment was made by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu – chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He stated that he is in possession of reliable information about how the INEC chair and Zakari were smuggled into the villa at about 12.30am on Thursday after which Buhari, accompanied by few of his trusted aides, joined them inside the Glass House for the meeting.
He disclosed that Yakubu arrived for the meeting in a black Peugeot 508, wearing a blue caftan while Zakari came in a black Prado SUV, wearing a jalabiya.
He said the meeting lasted for 45 minutes, adding that Amina Zakari was the Commission’s head of electoral operations and logistics before she was redeployed to the department of health and welfare in October 12, 2018, following misgivings about partisan posture in various elections conducted when she held sway as head of operations and logistics at INEC.
Frank added that her relationship with Buhari became suspect as many believed she was working for the re-election of her uncle – Buhari – and the success of the APC, which became obvious in the Edo, Ekiti and Osun governorship elections and other rerun elections that she supervised during the period.
He said that the appointment of Zakari to such a sensitive assignment was a culmination of the pressure the presidency had brought to bear on Prof. Yakubu to return Zakari to the Operations department since October.
Frank called on the Chairman of INEC to resign his appointment for allegedly attending such a clandestine meeting and plotting to compromise the forthcoming presidential election in favour of Buhari through the appointment of Buhari’s neice to purportedly oversee the collation of presidential votes even before the first ballot was cast.
He added that Nigerians have lost confidence in Yakubu to conduct a free, fair and credible 2019 elections.
“A man who can succumb to pressure and brazenly compromise to further the desire of a candidate in an election cannot be trusted to be impartial during a general election with high stakes. I think he needs to undergo a test for codeine and tramadol abuse to think that Nigerians can be fooled that Zakari’s recent appointment is not a back door move to make her relevant in caring for Buhari’s interests during the Presidential elections,” Frank stated.
He stated that even though Buhari benefitted from a free, fair and credible elections in 2015, he is not ready to advance the nation’s democracy by sticking to free and fair elections this time.
Frank said: “This is largely why he has refused to signed the amended Electoral Act 2010 and has now shopped for his Neice to oversee the hatchet job of rigging him back to power.
“Buhari is running away from a free and fair election. He is depending on INEC and the security forces to allocate votes to him. That is why he refused to sign the amended Electoral Act.
“As a perpetual law breaker, he has again broken the law by refusing to allow the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to go on retirement after spending his ‘overly doctored 35 mandatory years’ in the service of the country as a Police Officer.”