Why I Can’t Sack Yakubu Mahmood As INEC Chairman – Buhari
By Eyo Nse,
In the early hours of Saturday INEC surprisingly announced the postponement of the general elections billed for same day with just five hours to the kickoff time, Brainnews reveals.
After few days of the elections’s postponement rumours poured across the country that president Buhari might sack INEC national chairman.
President Buhari while reacting to the rumour has said he cannot remove Mahmood Yakubu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), because he would need a resolution by two-thirds majority of the Senate to do so.
There have been speculations that Buhari was set to fire the INEC boss, following the abrupt postponement of the general elections.
Mallam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, insisted there was no truth in such claims.
In his speech it reads;
“Those reports are utterly baseless and false. There is nothing like that.
“Whoever is saying the President is removing INEC chairman is just displaying his illiteracy. Let him go and read the constitution.
“You need a resolution by two-thirds majority of the Senate for any such action,” Shehu said according to The Nation.
INEC moved the general elections to Saturday, February 23, about six hours to the start of the polls on the original date of February 16.