The ad hoc committee on electoral logistics is chaired by an INEC national commissioner, retired air vice marshal Tijjani Mu’azu, another INEC national commissioner, Amina Zakari, was named the chairman of the ad hoc committee on national collation centre.
INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, says, the commission was taking another step in its determination to ensure seamless preparations for next month’s general elections by inaugurating the two committees
Concern has been raised about the sensitivity of the position, and Zakari’s closeness to the president. Some politicians have also expressed anxiety that this may be a plot to rig the elections.
Political groups, including the People’s Democratic Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, have opposed the appointment of Zakari as head of the committee at the presidential election coalition centre.
The PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja, that his party has rejected Zakari’s appointment because she is president Muhammadu Buhari’s niece.
Ologbondiyan said such an appointment would assist Buhari, the APC and INEC to rig the presidential election. He also said that could fuel violence,
Mike Angel, APGA’s director of strategic communication for John Gbor’s campaign organisation says the appointment had shown why president Buhari refused to sign the electoral act (amendment) bill into law.
And on twitter a former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose tweeted
Instead of INEC appointing, Amina Zakari, a blood relation (niece) of President Buhari, as the Chairperson of INEC Advisory Committee and Presidential election Collation Center Committee, why not just appoint one of the President’s children as INEC Chairman?
— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) January 3, 2019
The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria says it’s a provocative act of political corruption.
Buhari’s campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, has commented on the reactions to the appointment.
Keyamo’s tweet reads:
Mrs. Amina Zakari of INEC is a lady from a town in Sudan & is related to Jibrin Al Sudan who is the body-double of PMB. She arrived on the same flight with Jibrin Al Sudan and was smuggled to INEC the next day. Or, how else can we connect a woman from Jigawa to a man from Sudan?
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) January 4, 2019
But the chief press secretary to INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi says Amina Zakari’s appointment as chairman of the ad hoc committee on collation centre should not be interpreted as a plan to rig the elections. He said Zakari played a similar role in the 2015 general elections, and no one has yet complained of rigging in that election.
African Summit Gives Sudan Military Three Months To Implement Reforms
African leaders have agreed, at a meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, to give Sudan’s ruling military council three months to implement democratic reforms, and a quick restoration of the constitutional system through a political process, amid pressure for a handover of power to civilians.
The decision extends a 15-day deadline set by the African Union last week for Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) to hand over power or be suspended from the A.U. TMC took over after president Omar Al-Bashir was ousted earlier this month.
The TMC has been under pressure from demonstrators to hand power to civilians immediately.
Egypt`s Abdul Fatah Al Sisi, who holds the rotating African Union presidency, said at the end of the summit in Cairo, they have agreed on the need to give more time to Sudanese authorities and Sudanese parties to implement required measures.
Mozambican Authorities Warn Of A Possible Tropical Storm Hit
Mozambican authorities have warned of a tropical storm that could hit the country this week, just one month after cyclone Idai ravaged the nation. The next organized tropical cyclone, to be named Kenneth could also affect Tanzania.
The National Institute for Disaster Management’s spokesman, Paulo Tomás says, they will keep abreast of the evolution of the weather system.
Last month, cyclone Idai killed at least 960 people in parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving some 3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
Egypt Voters Approve Referendum Extending President’s Rule
Egypt’s election commission has announced, 88% of voters had approved changes to the constitution that could allow president Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi stay in power until 2030. The amendments would also give the president new powers over the judiciary.
The commission says, voter turnout during the three-day referendum was nearly 44 and a half percent and almost 90 percent approved the amendments while 11.17 percent voted no.
The amendments will extend Sisi’s current term to six years from four and allow him to run again for a third six-year term in 2024 and to appoint one or more vice presidents.
His critics questioned the credibility of the turnout figure announced and are asking how can a constitution be changed to fit one person.
Sisi’s supporters say he has stabilized Egypt and needs more time to reform and develop the economy.
After the announcement was made, Al-Sisi sent the message quote “I am your god.”
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