CUPP accuses Buhari of plan to replace INEC chairman with Amina Zakari

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The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused
President Muhammadu Buhari of planning to remove the chairman of the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu and replacing
him with Amina Zakari under the guise of INEC in ability to conduct election on
Saturday.

The group also accused security forces and the Central Bank
of Nigeria of conspiring with the Presidency to deliberately sabotage the
distribution of sensitive materials in selected states.

The spokesperson of the CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere made these
accusations in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on
Saturday. He stated further that the president penciled down Amina Zakari as
the Acting Chairman citing her experience as the oldest and most experienced
National Commissioner of the commission.

He said 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.”

According to him, “the President has also penciled down
Amina Zakari for appointment as the Acting Chairman citing her experience as
the oldest and most experienced National Commissioner of the Commission.

“The Presidency had mounted pressure on the Commission to
conduct election today 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.

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“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,” he said.

The group also warned that any attempt to sack or suspend
the INEC Chairman would only lead to electoral and constitutional crisis. He
pointed out that  our country is still
“grappling with the illegality and unconstitutionality of the removal of the
Chief Justice of Nigeria and the President want to go down this ignoble path.”

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