By Ephraim Oseji
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has demanded for the immediate removal of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, adding that the 2019 general elections’ results would be compromised with Yakubu in the saddle as chairman of the commission.
Onuesoke made the call while addressing members of Transition Monitoring Committee (TMG), Delta State chapter, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Warri, Delta State yesterday.
He said his fear was that the current the 1NEC chairman might not discharge his functions impartially since he hailed from the same region as the President, adding that only recently Nigerians saw the scandal of underage voters during the Local Government elections held in the North West state of Kano.
“Besides, what happened in the recent Osun State governorship election adds credence to the argument that Yakubu may not conduct a free and fair election in 2019 election,” he noted.
He argued that for the fact that Yakubu Mahmood is a cousin to Buhari, he should not have been appointed in the first place, stressing that it is save to say that he is there as INEC boss to protect Buhari’s interest.
The former Delta State governorship candidate maintained that he had no confidence in INEC, adding that no amount of the commission’s preparations would convince him about its capability to conduct free and fair elections next year.
According to him, “Let’s not deceive ourselves; INEC is not prepared for credible elections. If there is any agency that is not prepared for 2019 election, it is INEC. I have no confidence in INEC. There is no amount of INEC’s preparations that will convince me. “INEC chooses how it interprets laws to suit those they support. They choose the court orders to obey and the ones to disregard.
Consequently, he demanded the replacement of the INEC chairman with a man or woman of integrity from another zone in order to restore public confidence in the electoral body as it prepares for the 2019 elections.