SAHARA REPORTERS EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s Electoral Commission Chairman, Yakubu Holding Secret Meetings With Senate President Lawan, Ruling APC Party Leaders Ahead Of Elections

SAHARA REPORTERS EXCLUSIVE: INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu holding secret meetings with Senate President Lawan, ruling APC party leaders ahead of elections

 

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu has been holding secret meetings with top leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), SaharaReporters has learnt.

Sources explained that the INEC chair, who is supposed to be neutral and non-partisan has been holding frequent meetings with Ahmad Lawan, Senate President and Mai Mala Buni, Caretaker Chairman of the ruling APC and governor of Yobe State.

It was gathered that the trio had a meeting last Friday, October 22 at a guest house belonging to the Senate President between 10 pm and 1 am.

One of the sources stated: “INEC chairman is frequently having private meetings with the duo of the Senate President and Buni at a private guest house owned by the Senate President in Maitama, Abuja.

“The last meeting was held last Friday between 10 pm and 1 am at the Senate President’s Guest House on Yedseram Street behind the Inspector-General of Police’s residence. It was between the Senate President, INEC chairman and Buni.

”These three had earlier met but with Governor (Abubakar) Bagudu of Kebbi State and Jigawa State Governor (Mohammed Abubakar) at the same venue some three months ago.”

“INEC chair, who is supposed to be neutral is now meeting secretly with top members of the ruling party (APC),” another source told SaharaReporters.

SaharaReporters had reported that some of the high-profile politicians in the South-East region had started spending big to manipulate the forthcoming Anambra State governorship poll.

According to the report, among the politicians is a serving South-East governor, “currently in the opposition, who reportedly paid $4 million (roughly N1,640,000,000) to manipulate the elections to favour his candidate in the elections.”

On November 6, Anambra State residents will go to the polls to decide the next governor of the state.

There have been allegations that the violence going on in some parts of the state is sponsored by some unruly politicians to favour their candidates.

An investigation shows that a serving South-East Governor in an opposition party, who is hell-bent on ensuring that his candidate wins, doled out $4 million (which had since been disbursed in tranches of $3 million and $1 million) to a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The commissioner who is also from the South-East and has a strong influence on logistics, in turn, allegedly used the funds to “settle” other key officers to ensure that the election goes the way of their preferred candidate.

“You see, a ranking opposition Governor in the South-East zone of the country has mobilised huge funds to the tune of 4 million US dollars to compromise the governorship election in Anambra State slated for Saturday, November 6, 2021.

“In fact, an influential INEC National Commissioner is serving as a courier for the said desperate chief executive, who wants his candidate to emerge victorious, by hook or crook. This South-East commissioner even shares some educational history with the Governor’s preferred candidate as they both attended an institution together.

“The other commissioners and many Electoral Officers have also been compromised,” a source had revealed.

Another source alleged that the wife of the said state chief executive is said to be mainly coordinating the ‘local’ aspects of the plan as she has been lobbying and holding ‘nocturnal’ meetings with some of the electoral officers.

A source was quoted as saying: “We are aware that a very powerful woman is also playing a fundamental role in this whole equation designed to compromise election at a time stakeholders are all unanimous on the need to sanitise the electoral process.”

Meanwhile, some security sources disclosed that they were aware and efforts were already in place to block all attempts to compromise the electoral exercise.

“Rest assured that we will not allow the November 6 Anambra poll to be compromised.

“At the appropriate time, we will take in those involved,” a top security official said

This story first appeared in Sahara Reporters

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