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@News Africa: I have never been pressured since I assumed office – INEC chairman

I have never been pressured since I assumed office – INEC chairman
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has declared that he has never been pressured since he assumed office and that he won’t yield to any in discharging his duties ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Yakubu said this while on a program on Channels Television -Roadmap 2019, noting that in the event of any pressure from any quarters, he would resist such move stoutly.
The INEC boss said, “Since I assumed duty on the 9th of November 2015, I have been under no pressure from any quarter at all and this commission will never yield to any pressure from any quarter.
“I have been under no pressure to do what is wrong and I will never do what is wrong. So, I think there is a sufficiency of guise in the law; the independence is what we make of that independence.”
Yakubu also gave the assurance that the Commission was working hard to ensure that elections were conducted without prejudice.
In addition however, Yakubu highlighted that the Commission’s independence comes from the integrity of the election managers, adding that it was not necessarily drawn from statutory provisions.

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