Calls for INEC Chairman to join 2023 Presidential race preposterous – INEC

“Our attention has been drawn to innuendoes in certain quarters that Nigerians should not be surprised if the INEC Chairman joins the Presidential race or urging him to do so. It is a preposterous proposition. It will not happen.

Mahmood-Yakubu.- INEC Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu is not contemplating joining the presidential race in the 2023 elections and is focused on the conduct of free and fair general elections in 2023 in full compliance with the Electoral.

This position was made known in a press statement released by Mr.Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission Mahmood Yakubu.

He said “Our attention has been drawn to innuendoes in certain quarters that Nigerians should not be surprised if the INEC Chairman joins the Presidential race or urging him to do so. It is a preposterous proposition. It will not happen.”

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He maintained that “The Chairman remains an umpire committed to free, fair and credible elections. His constitutional responsibilities as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Federation and Returning Officer for the presidential election are onerous enough for him to even contemplate straying into extraneous matters at variance with the law, morality and his personal principles.”

Oyakanmi assured the Chairman will continue to discharge his responsibilities without affection for, or ill-will against, any political party or candidate.

 

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