There is no plan to remove Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Mahmood Yakubu over the abrupt postponement of the general elections, the Presidency said yesterday.

A leading politician has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was planning to give Yakubu the push over last Saturday’s postponement of the elections.
“It is not true,” a Presidency source said.

The denial came amid claims that Prof. Yakubu has taken charge of logistics for the elections.
Besides, The Nation learnt, the electoral agency is to release details of the state-by-state collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, debunked the reports that Yakubu was to be removed.

Shehu said: “Those reports are utterly baseless and false. There is nothing like that.

“Whoever is saying the President is removing INEC chairman is just displaying his illiteracy. Let him go and read the constitution.
“You need a resolution by two-thirds majority of the Senate for any such action.”

The clarification by the Presidency came against the backdrop of the agitation by National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, and the alarm raised by the amorphous Coalition of United Political Parties( CUPP) that President Muhammadu Buhari was plotting to remove the INEC chairman.”

Another government source, who spoke in confidence, said: “What PDP National Chairman Secondus wanted was more of electoral anarchy, which this Buhari administration will not oblige him. Resignation or removal of INEC chairman is never contemplated by the President.

“Buhari’s administration will not change the rule in the middle of the game. Asking INEC chairman to quit will cause rumpus within INEC management , disrupt all preparations for the poll and create unrest nationwide.

“The opposition has a hidden agenda, which this government will not buy into. We will also not play into their hands.The INEC chairman will remain in charge of the electoral agency.”

Secondus said the “shoddy” arrangement for the elections by INEC was “a deliberate agenda” of President Buhari to cling on to power even when it’s obvious to him that Nigerians want him out.
Secondus called on Yakubu to resign immediately.

The PDP leader warned that the party will not accept anything short of a well organised electoral process devoid of manipulation, harassment and intimidation of voters and the opposition, particularly members of the PDP.

Having failed in all their nefarious options to enable them cling on to power, the APC and the INEC came up with the idea of shifting elections, an action that is dangerous to our democracy and unacceptable, Secondus said.
Sections 157 and 158 of the 1999 Constitution prescribe conditions for the removal of the INEC chairman and National Commissioners as well as board members of nine other agencies.

Section 157 says: “(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (3) of this section, a person holding any of the offices to which this section applies may only be removed from that office by the President acting on an address supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate praying that he be so removed for inability to discharge the functions of the office (whether arising from infirmity of mind or body or any other cause) or for misconduct.

“(2) This section applies to the offices of the Chairman and members of the Code of Conduct Bureau, the Federal Civil Service Commission, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the National Judicial Council, the Federal Judicial Service Commission, the Federal Character Commission, the Nigeria Police Council, the National Population Commission, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission and the Police Service Commission.

“(3) All members of the National Population Commission shall cease to be members if the President declares a National Census Report as unreliable and the report is rejected in accordance with Section 213 of this Constitution.”

Section 158 (1) says: “In exercising its power to make appointments or to exercise disciplinary control over persons, the Code of Conduct Bureau, the National Judicial Council, the Federal Civil Service Commission, the Federal Judicial Service Commission, the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission, the Federal Character Commission, and the Independent National Electoral Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other authority or person.”

A source, who spoke in confidence, told The Nation that “the INEC chairman had told his team of his plan to supervise the logistics for the elections”.

He said from Monday, he will shift base to the airport to take stock and monitor the airlift of sensitive materials to all the states,” The source said, adding:

“He has vowed not to leave any stone unturned. The latest plan is to ensure that all the 36 states and the FCT are ready for the first phase of the elections on or before Thursday. We want everything set in 8,809 Registration Areas, Wards and in 119, 973 Polling Units and 57,023 Voting Points nationwide so that accreditation can take off simultaneously on Saturday.

“If the Central Bank of Nigeria or the Nigerian Air Force cannot cope with the airlift of materials, INEC has floated a Plan B to engage chartered aircraft. No stone will be left unturned.”

Meanwhile, the electoral commission may release the statistics on collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards on state by state basis during the week.

A National Commissioner said: “We will be as transparent as possible. During the week, we will release the statistics of PVCs’ collection per state. Also, each Resident Electoral Commissioner ( REC) will be mandated to make the breakdown of the PVCs available to the public on local government basis.

“While it is true that over 84million eligible voters registered, not all of them collected their PVCs. We want to give account of what was collected before the poll.”

The CUPP on Saturday raised the alarm over an alleged plan by the President to suspend the INEC chair.

It alleged that President Buhari was planning to replace Yakubu with Amina Zakari as Acting Chairman under the guise of INEC’s inability to conduct the presidential and National Assembly elections.

According to CUPP, Buhari wanted to sack the INEC chair for refusing to conduct staggered election.

In a statement by its National spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, the CUPP alleged that the Buhari-led APC sabotaged INEC distribution of materials and turned back to condemn the electoral umpire.

The coalition warned that the move to sack INEC chairman will throw Nigeria into full electoral and constitutional crisis.

The statement reads: “The Coalition of United Political Parties is alerting the world of plan and decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to announce the suspension of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, from office.

“The President has also pencilled down Amina Zakari for appointment as the Acting Chairman citing her experience as the oldest and most experienced National Commissioner of the Commission.

“The President is planning to use the excuse of inability to hold election today (Saturday) as a reason for the imminent suspension.

“Feigning ignorance of the real reasons behind the shift, the President in his earlier statement did not have just a word for the shameful and despicable actions of security forces and the central Bank staff who in obedience to Presidency directives deliberately sabotaged the distribution of sensitive materials in selected states.

“We are aware that his hurried return to Abuja today (Saturday) from his home state, Katsina is to sack the INEC boss. But this should be resisted by all well-meaning Nigerians and the international community.

“The sin of the INEC chairman is that he refused to conduct staggered elections that will allow the President and his men to manipulate the process.

“The Presidency had mounted pressure on the Commission to conduct election today (Saturday) in states where there were no issues and postpone only the states with materials distribution issues. The INEC Chairman insisted on conducting the election at the same time, hence warranting the postponement of the entire election.

“We hereby warn President Buhari that the position of the INEC chairman is independent, hence, he cannot be removed from office via suspension.

The 1999 Constitution in Section 157(1) states that the Chairman and members of the Commission may only be removed by the President acting on an address supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate that the person be removed for inability to discharge the functions of the office (whether arising from infirmity of mind or body or any other cause) or for misconduct.”

Join the Conversation

538 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. F*ckin’ remarkable issues here. I am very glad to see your post. Thank you so much and i am looking forward to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  2. You really make it seem really easy with your presentation however I to find this topic to be actually one thing that I think I might by no means understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am having a look forward on your next put up, I’ll try to get the dangle of it!

  3. I do trust all the ideas you’ve presented to your post. They’re very convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are too quick for novices. May just you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  4. I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my trouble. You are incredible! Thanks!|

  5. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the structure of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  6. Undeniably imagine that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the simplest factor to have in mind of. I say to you, I certainly get irked whilst other people think about worries that they just do not understand about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also outlined out the whole thing with no need side effect , other people could take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  7. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Appreciate it!

  8. What i don’t realize is in truth how you’re not actually much more well-liked than you might be now. You are very intelligent. You realize therefore significantly in the case of this matter, made me for my part consider it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be interested until it is something to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. Always deal with it up!

  9. Hey very cool web site!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds also…I’m satisfied to find a lot of useful information here within the publish, we need work out more strategies on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  10. Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  11. Can I just say what a aid to find somebody who truly knows what theyre speaking about on the internet. You positively know the way to bring a problem to light and make it important. Extra people must read this and understand this side of the story. I cant imagine youre not more well-liked since you undoubtedly have the gift.

  12. Throughout this awesome pattern of things you’ll receive an A with regard to effort. Exactly where you actually confused me was on all the facts. You know, it is said, details make or break the argument.. And that couldn’t be much more accurate in this article. Having said that, permit me reveal to you just what did do the job. The authoring is certainly rather persuasive and this is possibly the reason why I am taking an effort to comment. I do not really make it a regular habit of doing that. 2nd, while I can easily notice the jumps in reason you come up with, I am not necessarily certain of how you seem to unite your ideas that help to make the final result. For right now I will, no doubt yield to your issue however wish in the near future you actually link the dots better.

  13. Superb blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of community where I can get responses from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!

  14. Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for rookie blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.|

  15. Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your blog. You have some really great articles and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please shoot me an e-mail if interested. Cheers!

  16. Wertvoll Information. Glücklicherweise habe ich Ihre Website entdeckt. zufällig, und ich bin überrascht schockiert, warum dieser Zufall des Schicksals Habe ich nicht, habe ich nicht, habe ich nicht, habe ich nicht, habe ich nicht! Ich habe es mit einem Lesezeichen versehen.

  17. I cherished up to you’ll receive carried out right here. The cartoon is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. however, you command get bought an shakiness over that you want be turning in the following. unwell surely come more formerly again since precisely the same nearly a lot ceaselessly inside case you protect this increase.

  18. Hiya, I am really glad I have found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossips and net and this is actually frustrating. A good blog with interesting content, that’s what I need. Thanks for keeping this web site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can’t find it.

  19. Hey! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My website looks weird when browsing from my apple iphone. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share. Thank you!

  20. I am curious to find out what blog system you’re utilizing? I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest blog and I’d like to find something more safe. Do you have any recommendations?

  21. Hello, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, great blog!|

  22. Hey this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  23. I wanted to draft you that very little observation just to thank you as before for those lovely information you have discussed on this website. It was so incredibly generous with people like you to supply unreservedly all that a number of us would have sold for an ebook to generate some bucks on their own, primarily now that you might have done it in case you considered necessary. The points likewise worked to provide a fantastic way to understand that someone else have a similar passion like mine to learn many more pertaining to this condition. I think there are some more pleasant occasions ahead for individuals who looked at your blog post.

  24. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this fantastic blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this website with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  25. I like what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and exposure! Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve added you guys to our blogroll.|