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Buhari is not my in-law – INEC chairman, Zakari

Amina-Zakari-imageThe Acting Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Aminat Zakari, has denied the claims that she is an in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According her, the commission was awaiting reports of the police investigations into bribery allegations against some resident electoral commissioners and other staff of the commission.
Speaking with Punch in Abuja on Friday, the INEC boss said her commission was waiting for
security agents to provide tangible evidence against those involved.
Reacting to bribery allegations against some RECs, she stated, “Everybody makes allegations about bribery, or about somebody being bribed. Anybody can make the allegation, unless it’s proven by the security agencies or the court, INEC does not take action”.
Speaking on those that had been picked up by the security agencies, he stated, “Unless they (security agencies) give us anything in writing, we just leave it as it is until their investigations are over.”
She stated, “I am a human being first. I have the capacity. If I have the ability to do something, there are ways and means of achieving your targets. You don’t rely on your brain alone. You have other people to rely on. I have done administration. I have worked in organisations that demand accountability.”
The INEC acting chairman explained that she was not appointed commissioner in INEC by Buhari, adding that former President Goodluck Jonathan had appointed her.
“I can’t say the General (Buhari) is my in-law. I am not married to his son. My daughter is not married to him. That is what I understand about being an in-law, but obviously, in life, you have acquaintances, people you have known,” she said.
Adding that Buhari was not known for nepotism, she said, “God decides who becomes (a) leader; if God decides I would be the one to continue, I will have to do my best.”
She stated, “I did not lobby for it (acting chairmanship). I had packed all my things out of INEC; I wanted to leave on the 30th (of June).
“I was just called on my way home as the chairman (Jega) handed over to Ambassador Wali. When I was called that the Head of Service was looking for me and I said, ‘what for?’ and I just continued driving. I was by Bullet House by the time I got the call and I just continued driving”.