Former governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi has revealed hitherto unknown nexus between his successor, Neysom Wike, and the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
Ameachi and Wike are at daggers drawn that dates back to the run up to the 2015 general election at a time the latter was education minister in ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.
The Transport Minister, the Director General of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign is aggrieved at INEC over the electoral body’s stance on the issue of the All Progressive Congress governorship candidate in Rivers State, a position he frowned upon claiming it may have been borne out of alleged rapport between Prof. Yakubu and Wike.
“We are going out on Saturday to vote Buhari. If INEC decides to obey the stay of execution, we are ready to vote on Saturday. If INEC Chairman is working for PDP and will not obey the order because he was Director of TETFUND under Wike’s ministry when he was minister, so be it. We will continue to pursue the right of the people to choose who their leader would be. You can’t force leaders on the people,” he told newsmen in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) is a scheme under the ministry of education in charge of disbursing, managing and monitoring education tax to government-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the presidency has dismissed rumour stirred up by the Peoples Democratic Party and its cohorts including the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) that President Muhammadu Buhari was plotting to sack Prof. Yakubu.
“Whoever is saying the President is removing INEC chairman is just displaying his illiteracy. Let him go and read the constitution.
“You need a resolution by two-thirds majority of the Senate for any such action,” Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, told The Nation.