The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its response to allegations and fears following the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari, as Chairman of the Committee on the National Collation Centre for the forthcoming presidential election, said that it was impossible for an individual to influence the result of any election.
Opposition parties including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, had vehemently condemned Mrs. Zakari’s appointment, saying that she was President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece.
Mrs. Zakari had however denied the claim, noting that she is not Buhari’s blood relation as being insinuated.
“Mrs. Zakari will have nothing to do with the technical aspect of collating the results. In any case, the result from the states that will be collated at the centre would have been certified and cannot be tampered with. Mrs. Zakari’s responsibility is not even close to that aspect at all,” Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, said in an interview with punch.
He further noted that no individual or group could influence election result in favour of any candidate or party.
“Amina Zakari is not the INEC chairman. She is one of the 12 national commissioners who all play various roles. No one individual or a group can influence the results of any election in favour of a particular candidate or political party in today’s INEC.
“Check our records — out of the 195 bye, re-run and end-of-tenure elections the commission has conducted since 2015, only three have been disputed by the election petitions tribunal but not on the basis of the integrity of the process. INEC was only told to issue the certificate of return to individuals other than those that supposedly won the elections. We have demonstrated over and over again since 2015 that we are capable of conducting free, fair and credible elections. The general elections will not be different.”