The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says nothing can stop him from conducting 2019 elections despite calls from some quarters that he should resign, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu says he’s unshaken.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the INEC chairman said he has been doing his best in his service to the nation.
“There is no reason whatsoever to resign. No reason to even contemplate that,” said Yakubu while responding to one of the questions at the briefing.
He also said dismissed the call for reshuffle of residents electoral commissioners (RECs), saying such could not happen on the eve of the elections.
At the caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Monday, Adams Oshiomhole, chairman of the ruling party, asked the commission to reshuffle some RECs.
He also alleged that Mike Igini, the REC of Akwa Ibom, was working for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Oshiomhole also joined those who asked the INEC chairman to step down but the opposition to this came from his party as two ministers said that should not happen.
Babtunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, and Adebayo Shittu, minister of communications, said there was no reason for Yakubu to resign.
Recalled that two days ago, the INEC boss also said “only an Act of God” can stop the conduct of the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly election slated for Saturday.
The briefing which was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with INEC, is aimed at engaging with friends and partners of Nigeria on the rescheduled election.
Yakubu, who was represented by an INEC National Commissioner, Dr Mustapha Lecky, said that the commission had put in place everything possible to ensure the elections held on Saturday.
The INEC boss said that the commission had no reason to feel that anything would stop the conduct of the election on February 23.
He said the commission had developed a six-point agenda of what needed to be done to ensure the success of the election
He also said that the commission has completed the deployment of materials.
“We believe that as a prayerful nation the act of God has been assuaged and that things will go right, we have no reason to feel that anything will go wrong.
“We have received all the materials, they have been checked, audited, people have been informed, party agents have gone there to check,” he said.
The official said that INEC had already taken responsibility for the postponement and that the body was committed to surpass achievement of previous elections in the country.
He blamed the postponement on logistics and problems associated with the primaries of some political parties, which according to him delayed the printing of ballot papers.
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