The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has appointed Amino Zakari as head of its collation centre for the 2019 general elections.
Zakari was named at the inauguration of two committees for the election on Thursday in Abuja.
Speaking during the inauguration, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, said the committee would be responsible for the national collation centre – the International Conference Centre – from 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.
Her appointment has drawn criticism from the opposing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who claim she is a niece of President Muhammad Buhari and should not be allowed to be in charge of a sensitive committee during the election.
Notable among critics of the appointment is Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State.
The same @inecnigeria that is promising free and fair election turning around to appoint a know blood relation of President Buhari, a candidate in the election as head of its Collation Committee? Why are these people so brazen in their plot to impose themselves on Nigerians?— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) January 3, 2019
He added that the commission could have appointed one of the President’s children to make clearer its motive of rigging the election in his favour.
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