2019: INEC boss blows hot, reacts to ‘pressure’ from Buhari govt

The Chairman of the Independent National
Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood
Yakubu, has said he would not be intimidated
ahead of the 2019 election.
He spoke in reaction to concerns and
condemnation trailing voter and underage
registration as well as accusations by politicians
that INEC could not be trusted to conduct free and
fair elections.
Yakubu in the current edition of The Interview
said: “I have passed the stage where someone
can tell me to do what is wrong”.
“I have passed that stage, where I can be
intimidated, with due respect.
“And the real test is in what we have done (178
‘mini’ elections) so far.
“The most interesting thing for me is that both
parties accuse us equally. So, that means we are
doing something right.”
Yakubu said he had never faced any pressure
from the Buhari government or any other quarters
to bend the rules.
“We know that poorly conducted elections are a
recipe for disaster. We will never tread that path,”
he said.
On the Kano underage voting, the INEC Chairman
said: “These are elections that are not the legal
and constitutional responsibilities of INEC.
“There are legal entities that conduct local and
government elections in this country.
“So, on what basis are we going to prosecute
electoral offenders in an election in which INEC is
not legally responsible for?”
Reminded that potential abuse of INEC’s register
was enough basis for prosecution, he said the
argument could also be stretched to other
agencies involved in the process, including the
Police.

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