Professor Yakubu Mahmood, INEC Chairman.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Mahmood Yakubu has confirmed his position as coordinator for collation of results ahead of the February elections.

What did Mahmood say?

Mahmood dismissed the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (PDP) allegation that there were some manipulations involving the coordination of results collation.

He revealed on Saturday that “I am absolutely responsible for the coordination of the secretariat for the collation of results,”

Yakubu Mahmood, INEC Chairman.

PDP’s contention about head of collation centre

PDP had objected to the alleged appointment of Amina Zakari as head of collation claiming that it was an attempt to rig the vote in President Muhammadu Buhari’s favour.

However Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu dismissed the claim as baseless adding that the president was not a blood relation of Zakari, but was only related to her by inter- marriage.

“An inter-marriage occurred in their extended families, so the imputation of blood relationship between the president and the electoral commissioner is a simple lie,” he said.

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