President Muhammadu Buhari has denied sharing a family connection with Amina Zakari, the appointed commissioner representing Jigawa State at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Backstory: A statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated that “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,” the statement added.
Shehu also stated that Zakari had been appointed an electoral commissioner in INEC on merit by the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration led by former president Goodluck Jonathan.
He accused the opposition of “harassing an innocent citizen on the basis of a lie.”
Shehu added that “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 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,” the statement said.
He concluded that “the PDP, therefore, has no moral right to keep harassing this hardworking mother, unless they have a hidden agenda.