- The south east zone of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria urged the INEC to maintain the position of an unbiased umpire in the forthcoming general elections
- The PFN vice president, Cosmas Ilechukwu, also urged the commission to resist every temptation to compromise
- Ilechukwu, however, said the outcome of the election will reflect the true wishes of the electorate and guarantee post-election peace
The south east zone of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, to handle the issue of its head of collation center, Amina Zakari, with caution head of the forthcoming general elections.
The PFN vice president, Cosmas Ilechukwu, made the appeal in Owerri, Imo after a three-day National Action/Pastoral Committee of the Charismatic Renewal Movement, Vanguard reports.
Ilechukwu said: “INEC should maintain the position of an unbiased umpire. This is why the outcry against the position given to one of it’s top officials, Amina Zakari, who is said to be related to President Muhammadu Buhari, also a candidate in the election, should be handled with every sense of responsibility.
''The debate on whether she is a niece or not, does not arise, since there is an established close relationship between them.
“INEC should do the needful, not just in her case but at all times, to safeguard the integrity of this election. If they maintain their neutrality, the outcome of the election will reflect the true wishes of the electorate and guarantee post-election peace.”
The cleric equally used the opportunity to condemn what he called “war against the press and fundamental human rights.
Ilechukwu said: “This is evidenced in the recent closure of a national daily newspapers in Abuja, Maiduguri and Lagos, by the Nigerian Army and the siege on Senator Dino Melaye’s residence, by the police.”
The church leadership also cautioned government agencies to “avoid unnecessary use of force, but to always follow due process in the discharge of their duties, so as not to be seen as trampling on the fundamental human rights of citizens and residents.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Northern Youths Coalition group called on chairperson of the Committee on National Collation Centre, Amina Zakari, to resign her appointment over her alleged relationship witth President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chairman of the group, Shetima Yerima, said the controversy surrounding the relationship between President Buhari and Zakari has raised doubts in people's mind.
The Northern Youths Coalition's call for Zakari to resign came after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) urged her to recuse herself from her appointment.
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