Recently appointed Chairman of the INEC Committee on Collation Centre for the general elections Amina Zakari has debunked allegations that she is a relation to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mrs Amina Zakari said, “President Muhammadu Buhari is my President as [he is] everybody else’s President.
“He is not my cousin, he is not my uncle as is being claimed.”
She had formally refuted the accusation on a BBC interview she granted on Saturday as reported on Channels TV.
The opposition parties led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had rejected the appointment of Zakari by INEC as Chairman of the Committee on Collation Centre for the general elections last Thursday. The opposition said it was a ploy by the incumbent government to rig the forthcoming elections.
An allegation which has since been denied both by the INEC National Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu and the Presidency.
Mrs Zakari maintained that she had served in the government of the immediate past President Jonathan and Obasanjo, serving the country diligently devoid of scandal.
“I have done my job conscientiously over the years as a patriotic citizen of Nigeria,” she said. “I don’t think I should be distracted now that elections are coming forward. I will continue doing my work. I will continue serving my country to the best of my ability with the best of intentions.”
She also reflected that in past government she was in INEC when former President Jonathan won 2011 Presidential election. She asked anyone who had any evidence of misdeed against her to step forward.
“I have been on this job since 2010 and this same President lost an election and the people that complained have worked closely with me. They have not in any way accused me of any wrongdoing over the years and I have done my work diligently.
“I was in charge of political party monitoring for four years – from 2010 to 2014. There was not a single scandal to my name and nobody can claim to have paid me or asked me to do anything wrong. And if they have, I would love them to come forward and prove it to the nation and to the world at large because this is getting into a global dimension.”
Still bordering on the elections, Zakari stated that it was impossible to distort an electoral process monitored by thousands of people.
“I don’t think I should worry about this because I am one single person out of 16,000 staff, of about a million ad hoc staff that will run the election. I can’t see how I can get powers to influence an election as a single individual”, she said
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