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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
Non-governmental Organisation and pro-
Democracy Group, the Human Rights Writers
Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has given the
Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) 48 hours to rescind its appointment of
Amina Zakari to head its electoral committee
for the collation of results.

HURIWA likened the appointment to "match-
fixing", saying it shows clear signs that the
forthcoming presidential poll has already been
“technically manipulated”, following the choice
"of a biological relation of President
Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs. Amina Zakari, to
head the core committee to co-ordinate the
collation of results of the general election”.

HURIWA has also asked the National Assembly
to declare a state of electoral emergency and
pass a vote-of-no-confidence in the hierarchy
of the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC).

They have also supported calls for dissolution
of the election management board and the
appointment of a new team of “impartial and
patriotic Nigerians to head the electoral
umpire and conduct free, fair, transparent and
unbiased general election”.

A statement by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko
and Zainab Yusuf, the group’s National
Coordinator and National Media Affairs
Director, respectively, read: "We have just
ended a six hours long national emergency
parley in Abuja of our core national leaders
and the leaderships of over 35 non-
governmental organisations and our attention
dovetailed into the emerging but very
extensively ethically damaging national
emergency now occasioned by the illegal and
immoral appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari, the
blood relation of President Muhammadu
Buhari, to head the collation of results team
for the most strategic national election in
Nigeria's nascent democracy, in which her
uncle, President Muhammadu Buhari, is
desperately interested in winning a second
tenure and is hotly contested by some
distinguished Nigerians.

“This aberration of this heavily compromised
INEC is like making a sister of a goalkeeper of
one of the two competing football teams as the
central referee of the most competitive
finalists' match and you expect that there will
be fair play and justice. Doing such a morally
damaging action is like match-fixing. What has
happened today in INEC, with the ill-advised
decision of Yakubu Mahmood to give the most
sensitive appointment to the biological sibling
of a major contender in the same electoral
contest, amounts to the electoral equivalent of
match fixing.

“This current chairman of INEC is surely an
agent of destabilisation and electoral
manipulation. We have, on many occasions
asked for the removal of the duo of the
chairman of INEC and the niece of the
president, Mrs Zakari Amina, who is a national
commissioner in INEC because we have always
maintained that she has played less than
dignified roles as INEC's national commissioner
in the last three years to such an extent that
almost all of the elections conducted in the
last three years in which she played pivotal
supervisory roles have always ended up being
manipulated in favour of the political platform
of her uncle and the All Progressives Congress
whose tendencies have whittled down the
integrity and credibility of the electoral
process in the country.

“We are giving the INEC chairman 48 hours to
rescind this toxic decision or the organised
civil society community will meet and take a
range of actions to draw the attention of the
global community to this criminality and
outright rigging that has already started to

“Nigerians of good conscience must reject this
criminality of INEC and we call on the National
Assembly to rescue the February presidential
election from the clutches of hawks in the
presidency bent on rigging the election by all
means and foisting an unpopular winner on
Nigerians, which may snowball into long drawn
civil strife with broad-based consequences for
the survival of constitutional democracy.

“Nigeria is about to be destroyed through
carefully choreographed electoral heist and the
world watches without acting to stave off the
danger which could constitute the greatest
threat to Africa and the world.”

Source: saharareporters.com/2019/01/03/its-match-fixing-%E2%80%94-huriwa-gives-inec-48-hours-rescind-new-appointment-buhari%E2%80%99s-niece

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