The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has inaugurated an advisory committee for the 2019 general elections.
The advisory committee, inaugurated on Thursday, is headed by Air Vice Marshall Ahmed Tijani, Muazu while the 2019 National Collation Center Committee is headed by Amina Zakari, a relative of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Daily Post, Zakari’s appointment means she will be responsible for announcing the results of the presidential election.
The former INEC Director of Operations, who hails from Daura, Katsina State, President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown was last year moved to Health and Welfare arm of the Commission, following public outcry.
Speaking during the inauguration, INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu said the committee will be responsible for the collation of results.
He said the committee will operate from the International Conference Centre in Abuja, where results of the Presidential election will be announced.
“It will serve as the secretariat for collation of results and venue for briefing of international observers and the media,” he said.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had last year alleged that Buhari’s presidency was plotting to use Zakari to rig the 2019 presidential election.
Nigerians have taken to social media to react to the development.
2019: GMB’s “sister”, AminaZakari to head presidential election collation centre of @inecnigeria
This is a blatant illegality Distinguished, the Chief Returning Officer is the Chairman & this CANNOT be DELEGATED. All well meaning citizens MUST rise against this. #ElectionFraud pic.twitter.com/seynG4PU1p
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) January 3, 2019
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
Amina Zakari,Buhari's neice and a member of his staff when he was Chairman of PTF has been appointed Chairperson of the INEC Advisory Committee & Pres. Election Collation Center Committee. Do you still believe that there will be a free and fair election in Nigeria on Feb. 16th?
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) January 3, 2019
There is no better way for INEC to insult Nigerians than to boldly appoint Buhari's niece, Amina Zakari, as head of collation centre for 2019 elections. They want to rig in with no remorse and regard for the will of Nigerians.
Buhari is here to end this democratic dispensation.
— Agbo Emmanuel, MFR (@DrAgboEmmanuel) January 3, 2019
Mrs. Amina Zakari to head C'ttee on presidential election colletion centre? INEC is not ready to conduct a credible presidential election in February of 2019. Tell them i said so.
— John Danfulani (@john_danfulani) January 3, 2019
Rigging Extravaganza! @inecnigeria in partnership with APC appointed Amina Zakari, a blood relation (niece) of @MBuhari as Head of Collation Centre for the 2019 Elections, this is coming on same day the IGP who should be handing-over to a new IG got a diplomatic tenure extension pic.twitter.com/7zCCs63ELp
— Logic-NG (@LogicNigeria) January 3, 2019
Breaking News: Amina Zakari, President @MBuhari’s niece has been appointed by the Chairman of @inecnigeria, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, as Chairman, collation Committee for the 2019 Presidential Election. Recall that the @OfficialPDPNig had earlier alerted of this heinous plots pic.twitter.com/3U6BEES5gR
— PDP Youth Advocates (@PDPYAdvocates) January 3, 2019
Amina Zakari is buhari's family member. The rigging has started already. The started with tradermoni (vote buying), then python dance and finally Amina Zakari as head of collation centre for elections.
My people the rigging has been perfected. It is finished https://t.co/J2MPW6D0q1
— Miz Cazorla (@MizCazorla1) January 3, 2019
The appntmnt of Amina Zakari, a relative of @Mbuhari as one of d umpires in the #2019elections specifically in charge of announcing the results, is a sign that @Mbuhari & @APCNigeria are feeling the heat of the @atiku campaign and are gradually preparing their plan B, Rigging!
— Hussein Afolabi (@HusseinAfolabi) January 3, 2019
Imagine my own niece announcing that I have lost election.
Can never happen.
Blood is thicker than INEC https://t.co/MGKgcM3MNw
— Parosident Buhari (@TheMbuhari) January 3, 2019