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  • Updated: March 12, 2023

Arewa Youths Fault Calls For INEC Chair Resignation

Arewa Youths Fault Calls For INEC Chair Resignation

Yakubu Mahmood, INEC Chairman

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), an NGO has faulted calls from some Nigerians that  INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu should resign his appointment.

The group's National President, Yerima Shettima, stated in Lagos on Sunday.

He described the calls as conspiracy against the INEC Chair.

“We have very closely observed INEC and the management of the election process from the period before and after the presidential and National Assembly so far.

“We are convinced that there were forces opposed to the commendable effort of INEC and we are aware there is a deliberate ploy to distract the electoral umpire.

“INEC has given the 2023 elections its best shot by training and retraining of election officials and using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) successfully in 90 per cent of cases.

“As with elections anywhere in the world, INEC could not have done a perfect job because in reality it cannot be completely infallible,’’ Shettima stated.

The AYCF’s national president said those saying the elections were rigged need a rethink.Yerima Shettima

He notes that the President Elect, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost the presidential election in his state, Lagos, losing to LP.

While Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party lost his immediate constituency of Adamawa making it clear that the February 25 presidential election was the most free and fair since 1999.

“It is pointless crying foul where there is none. We call on men and women of good conscience to support efforts by INEC to bequeath a good electoral legacy to the country.

“It is obvious that INEC officials made enormous sacrifices under the current economic and national security challenges to hold successful presidential and National Assembly elections,’’ he stressed.

Shettima said that the group would resist all the forces seeking to undermine the current democratic process as being upheld by INEC.

“We make bold to say that we are key stakeholders in the current democracy because of our history of struggle to end military dictatorship and sow the seed of civilian governance.

“We are also aware that forces working against INEC leadership do not mean well for Nigeria and we are prepared, any day, to stop them from their destabilisation agenda.

Shettima stressed that is is imperative to allow INEC deliver on its mandate without any hindrance.


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