How Yakubu-led INEC sold Nigeria’s democracy to APC, Tinubu – Atiku

PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

▪Says Amaechi’s “revelation” is damning

The Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has declared that it is indeed safe to say that Nigeria’s democracy has been sold to Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Atiku, who stated this while reacting to a “revelation” by former Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, that the Chairman INEC, Prof. Yakubu was recommended for re-appointment by a member of Bola Tinubu’s camp in 2020, said that Amaechi’s revelation was indeed damning.

This was as he stressed that when the story of Nigerian elections was told, the name of Yakubu would be mentioned for the wrong reasons.

Atiku also said the exposè by online platform, Peoples Gazette, on the eve of the presidential election that INEC had been compromised by Tinubu, had shown to be true after all.

Speaking in Rivers State on Election Day on March 18, Amaechi noted that not only did the re-appointment of Yakubu as INEC chairman come from Tinubu’s camp, the INEC boss also worked under Governor Nyesom Wike when the Rivers State governor was the Minister of State for Education and interim Minister of Education in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

In the words of Amaechi; “INEC is a complete failure. There are those of us who opposed the reappointment of Yakubu Mahmood. The person who nominated him is a member of Tinubu’s camp. So what are you expecting?

“Here in Rivers State, Mahmood worked under Wike as Executive Secretary of TETFund; so what you are having in Rivers is that APC and other parties are contesting, not against PDP, but against INEC, against police.”

Reacting, on Sunday, Atiku, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, said Amaechi’s “revelation” was a confirmation of their worst fears that Yakubu’s INEC was working for the APC.

Atiku said: “Former Governor Amaechi’s revelation is only a confirmation of what everyone always knew. That INEC under the leadership of Prof. Yakubu is inside the deepest corner of Bola Tinubu’s pocket.

“This is a confirmation of our earlier statement that Tinubu had already embarked on a systematic state capture where the police, INEC, and the judiciary are in his pocket. Is it not surprising that the AIG who was deployed in Rivers State to supervise the governorship and Presidential elections is Kayode Egbetokun, a known ally of Tinubu, who also served as Tinubu’s Chief Security Officer while he was governor of Lagos?

“This unholy alliance between INEC and the police is the reason why the election in Rivers State remains one of the most rigged in the history of Nigeria. Indeed, the journey to state capture has begun.”

Atiku further said that INEC chairman’s compromise was the reason results were not uploaded on Election Day, and also, the same reason that Yakubu continued to announce the results despite protests from political parties.

He also said; “This explains why, after promising Nigerians that he would upload election results from polling units, he changed his mind at the last minute and then blamed it on glitches. Truth be told, Yakubu was the only glitch because of his incestuous affair with Tinubu’s APC.

“His predecessor, Prof. Attahiru Jega conducted two credible presidential elections in 2011 and 2015. The 2015 election was so credible that it witnessed the lowest number of election petitions and court disputes.

“Rather than improve on this, Prof Yakubu put his personal interest far and above that of over 200 million Nigerians. He claimed before the election at Chatham House that the electoral system he put in place was so advanced that the human body odour could be used for voter accreditation if he wanted. But this was all part of his grand deception.

“Despite receiving higher allocations than any other INEC chairman in history, Prof Yakubu could not conduct a credible election. This is indeed shameful for a man who over 200 million Nigerians saw as their last hope,” he said.

The former vice president said that it was also disheartening that INEC chairman continued to award sensitive election contracts to APC candidates.

According to him; “A top consultant of INEC was caught on tape revealing that Tinubu would offer $170 million to the commission’s officials to manipulate the results of the presidential elections across Nigeria.

“In the same election season, INEC awarded sensitive contracts to companies owned by Senator Sani Musa of APC and Senator Aishatu Ahmed Binani, the APC governorship candidate in Adamawa,” he said. (Forefront magazine)

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