From Elohor Igbru, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Sunday distance self from report that its Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu will join the race for 2023 presidential election.
This was stated in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi.
According to Oyekanmi, the Commission’s Chairman will continue to discharge his responsibilities without affection for, or illwill against, any political party or candidate.
The statement reads “Our attention has been drawn to innuendoes in certain quarters that Nigerians should not be surprised if the INEC Chairman joins the Presidential race or urging him to do so. It is a preposterous proposition. It will not happen.
“The Chairman remains an umpire committed to free, fair and credible elections. His constitutional responsibilities as the Chief Electoral Commissioner of the Federation and Returning Officer for the presidential election are onerous enough for him to even contemplate straying into extraneous matters at variance with the law, morality and his personal principles.
“The Chairman will continue to discharge his responsibilities without affection for, or illwill against, any political party or candidate.”