Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Saturday cast aspersions on the integrity of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, saying his political ties could not guarantee success in the 2023 general elections.
After casting his ballot in the ongoing gubernatorial elections, Mr Amaechi told reporters that Mr Yakubu could not have apolitically chaired the electoral commission in the interest of the Nigerian people because of the political machinations that facilitated his appointment and his prior ties to prominent characters with interests in the elections.
“There are those of us who opposed the reappointment of Mahmood [INEC chairman]. The person who nominated him for appointment is a member of Tinubu’s camp. So what are you expecting? Success?” he asked rhetorically. “Here in Rivers state, Mahmood worked under Wike as executive secretary of TETFUND,” he added.