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Step Aside Now, APCO Tells Zakari

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The Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, (APCO), yesterday asked the national commissioner in Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),Mrs Amina Zakari, to step aside being a consanguineal relation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The secretary of APCO’s team on Policy and Strategy, Tunde Olusunle, stated this in a statement rejecting her emergence as chairman of the Collation Centre of the the forthcoming election.

Olusunle said in civilised climes, the uproar which has greeted the appointment of Mrs Zakari as Chairman of this most contentious and phony creation for the forthcoming election, “should necessitate her stepping aside for the period of this election.”

He added: “This is without prejudice to her biological relationship with the President or to fervid defences by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and indeed her televised defence on the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC.

“Mrs Zakari says her job is not to collate results but to make the collation center conducive for the purpose of the collation.

“The question then is: So, this top executive is now usurping the role of INEC’s Administrative officers for the duration of the election? Or INEC does not have Administrative staff whose daily schedule is to make their office premises conducive in all these years of democracy?

“Who played this new role assigned to Mrs Zakari (Chairman of Collation Centre Committee, or whatever they call it) in the previous elections, under Ephraim Akpata, Abel Guobadia, Maurice Iwu and Attahiru Jega as chairpersons of INEC?

“Who is the chairman of the committee to ensure that there is petrol in the INEC chairman’s cars or tea in his flask during the election?

“If there was no precedence, why should it be a committee’s job to make the Collation Centre conducive? And if INEC chose to have a highly staffed committee for such a routine and mundane task of making collation Centre conducive, why was the appointment of such internal committee announced and brought to the nation’s consciousness?”

The secretary of the APCO strategy team stressed that all those defences are fabricated lies and illogicalities calculated to hoodwink an unsuspecting electorate.

He further alleged that Zakari lied that she’s not Buhari’s niece, when the fact has been fully exposed by those who know.

“Indeed this relationship with Buhari had never been denied until now. It has indeed generated a plethora of definitions between handlers of the President and Zakari herself.”

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