8th May, 2022
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has denounced insinuations that he might join the 2023 presidential race.
There have been innuendoes in certain quarters that Nigerians should not be surprised if Prof. Yakubu joined the presidential race.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to Yakubu, in a statement on Sunday said INEC’s attention had been drawn to innuendoes in certain quarters that Nigerians should not be surprised if the INEC Chairman joined the Presidential race or people urging him to do so.
“It is a preposterous proposition. It will not happen. The Chairman remains an umpire committed to free, fair and credible elections.
“His constitutional responsibilities as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Federation and Returning Officer for the presidential election are onerous enough for him to even contemplate straying into extraneous matters at variance with the law, morality and his personal principles.
“The Chairman will continue to discharge his responsibilities without affection for, or ill-will against, any political party or candidate,” Oyekanmi said.