The tenure of office of AMINA ZAKARI as Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission is being challenged before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

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The tenure of office of AMINA ZAKARI as Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission is being challenged before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Human rights lawyer, EBUN OLU-ADEGBORUWA wants the court to grant an order declaring AMINA ZAKARI's position illegal and unconstitutional, and for her to vacate the office of INEC Chairman.

 

The tenure of office of AMINA ZAKARI as Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission is being challenged before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Human rights lawyer, EBUN OLU-ADEGBORUWA wants the court to grant an order declaring AMINA ZAKARI's position illegal and unconstitutional, and for her to vacate the office of INEC Chairman.

ADEGBORUWA is also seeking an order restraining ZAKARI from presiding over any election in Nigeria, including the forthcoming governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states.

He submitted that ZAKARI cannot be independent as INEC Chairman because of her purported affinity with the President and the Governor of Kaduna State. 

The lawyer said his action is premised on the fact that the statutory tenure of AMINA ZAKARI as a member of the electoral commission came to an end on 21st of July. 

He argued that ZAKARI has not been reappointed by the President after consultations with the Council of State, and no appointment has been sent to the Senate in that regard for confirmation.

ADEGBORUWA recalled that AMINA ZAKARI was named Acting Chairman of INEC by virtue of being a National Commissioner in INEC, adding that she legally lost that position yesterday, at the expiration of her tenure. 

 

 

 

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