2023: INEC Chairman Not Joining Presidential Race

Moses Ofodeme

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has asserted that its Chairman Mahmood Yakubu is not contemplating aspiring to contest the presidential ticket in the forthcoming general elections.

Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the Hon. Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, in a statement made available to Oriental News Nigeria, 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.”

According Oyekanmi, 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.

He said, the Chairman will continue to discharge his responsibilities without affection for, or illwill against, any political party or candidate.

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