The Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu, has said that it will be unwise to remove Mahmoud Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, postponed the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23 and March 9th respectively because of logistics.
There have been speculations that Buhari was set to fire the INEC chairman, following the abrupt postponement of the elections, with some political parties also calling for his resignation.
However, Shittu while addressing journalists at his Ibadan residence on Monday, said Nigerians should give Yakubu a benefit of doubt as this was the first election he will be conducting.
He pointed that even if the INEC chairman resigns, the election may need to be postponed for the new incoming chairman to prepare for fresh elections that would be credible, free and fair, and acceptable to all.
Shittu said, “When Oshiomole supervised that party primaries elections, which can be described as most horrible and corrupt in the history of the party, who called for his resignation?
“I will not support such call for resignation of the INEC chairman. To err is human. We have not seen any political motivation as to what has happened in INEC.
“If Oshiomolhe calls for resignation of the INEC chairman, he should also be preparing to resign as chairman of APC for conducting primaries marred by irregularities, and even accused of corruption in its conduct. Did anybody ask him to resign for the horrible management of primary elections under his watch?
“This is the first election that professor Yakubu would be conducting, so we need to give him the benefit of doubt and I will advise that all the political parties should be vigilant. If you bring in another chairman, when does such person begin to learn the process? Or will you on the basis of that call for another rescheduling of the elections? Certainly, it is unacceptable for anyone to ask for resignation of INEC chairman”.