President Muhammadu Buhari Friday lambasted the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over their reaction to the appointment of his supposed niece, Mrs Amina Zakari by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as its Head of Collation Centre for the 2019 elections.
Newsworth recalls that the main opposition party had faulted the appointment of Zakari, saying it was a step by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to subvert the will of the people in 2019 elections.
PDP spokesman, Mr Kola Ologbodiyan, in a statement issued on Thursday, alleged that Zakari was a blood relation of Buhari, maintaining that Zakari’s new role was to protect the president’s interests in 2019.
Reacting in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Friday, the President said he does not share a family relationship with the INEC national commissioner as an inter-marriage occurred in their extended families.
The presidential spokesman regretted that PDP has continued their baseless accusations regarding Zakari, accusing her of partiality and casting doubts about her integrity as an electoral commissioner.
His words: “In their desperation, they forget that it was the PDP government that appointed her in the first place and they keep lying, as they have been caught doing on so many issues, by imputing a blood relationship between her and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“President Buhari and Commissioner Amina Zakari don’t share a family relationship. An inter-marriage occurred in their extended families, so the imputation of blood relationship between the President and the electoral commissioner is a simple lie.
“What is even more curious about all the fuss coming from the PDP is that they, as a ruling party picked Mrs Zakari, judging her by her own merit and made her an electoral commissioner.
“She served so well with distinction as can be verified from the records that President Buhari approved the recommendation that she be reappointed, as he did other PDP nominees for second-term of four years.
“PDP, therefore, has no moral right to keep harassing this hardworking mother unless they have a hidden agenda.
“By this statement, the PDP is guilty of scoring an own goal and two, of harassing an innocent citizen on the basis of a lie, pure and simple.”