As member of FEC I opposed reapportionment of Prof Yakubu as INEC Chair – Ex PMB’s Minister
A former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has revealed why he opposed the reapportionment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu, as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), stating clearly that the INEC boss lacked the capacity to deliver a credible poll.
He also chided the police in Rivers State for allegedly compromising the process and taking sides with a party in the contest.
Amaechi, who spoke on Arise News national television interview session monitored in Abuja, said that as a member of the cabinet of the present administration, he vehemently opposed Yakubu’s reapportionment because of what he dubbed “lack of capacity”, stressing that he has been vindicated by what has been seen with the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
He said that the Rivers State government has been paying the salaries of staff of INEC in the state for over a year and that even when the matter was raised before the commission, the matter was literally ignored as a non-issue.
Amaechi said all political parties in the election in Rivers State were actually not running against the PDP but against the INEC and Police, and wondered why the police would consent to arrest candidates of the APC, a day before the election without any evidence of wrongdoing.
The former Transport Minister who said he had long been prevailed by associates and lawyers to maintain a dignified silence, said he was forced to come out to question why a “boy will stay somewhere, write names and give the police and police will swing to action” arresting candidates and agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Asked what he did regarding the police he allegedly accused of compromising the process, Amaechi said he is not President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It is only President Buhari that can call the IGP to order, and say what am I hearing in Rivers, Lagos all over the country,” he said