The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has confirmed that one of the senatorial candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Niger State is a contractor with the commission.
Addressing stakeholders on the reason behind the postponement of the presidential election in Abuja on Saturday, the INEC boss however assured that the contractor’s political leaning would not affect the commission.
The contractor in question is Mohammed Musa, APC’s candidate for the Niger East senatorial district seat.
Responding to a question during the commission’s meeting with stakeholders after the elections were shifted, Yakubu said, “Yes, I am aware. That company has been working with the commission since 2011. I assure you that we have a strict system.
“No electoral officer will be compromised. The integrity of the process is protected.”
The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had in an earlier statement, disclosed that Musa’s company, ‘Activate Technologies Limited’ was saddled with supplying the machines used in printing the permanent voter cards, PVCs.
“While Sani Musa has the right to hold any public office in spite of his line of business, it is morally unjustifiable to allow a well-known supplier of sensitive INEC materials to partake in an election in which the key materials to be used for the poll were supplied by him,” Atiku said in a statement by his media aide.