Mrs. Amina Zakari, a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in her response to allegations that she was a blood relation of President Muhammadu Buhari, has vehemently denied relating to the President.
“I’m not his (Buhari) niece; I am not his cousin and, on this job, I was appointed since 2010 by President Jonathan. Prior to that, I was appointed as SA to President Obasanjo and I have done my work conscientiously over the years as a patriotic citizen of Nigeria,” she said in an interview with BBC.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other opposition parties had following her appointment as the Chairman of the President Election Collation Centre Committee, alleged that she was Buhari’s niece.
The opposition parties further noted that being a blood relation of Mr. President who is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February Presidential Election, she was not qualified to preside over the collation of the presidential results.
Opposition parties consequently called on INEC to cancel the appointment of Mrs. Zakari.
Mrs. Zakari however noted that she was appointed by Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan as an INEC Commissioner in 2010 and she had since then done her job diligently.
“I don’t think I should be distracted now that elections are coming. I will continue doing my work. I will continue to serve my country to the best of my ability with the best of intentions. President Muhammadu Buhari is my President as everybody else’s President.
“He is not my cousin; he is not my uncle as is being claimed but I know him as my leader and the leader of the nation.”