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INEC chairman meets Buhari’s Chief of Staff inside Aso Rock

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu , on Friday met with the Chief of Staff to the President , Abba Kyari .The meeting was held behind closed doors inside Kyari ’ s office at the Presidential Villa , Abuja. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes .

The agenda of the meeting was not made public .

Yakubu did not speak with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting . The Presidency also has yet to issue a statement on the meeting as of the time of filing this report .

The meeting was however held barely 24 hours after the electoral commission published the names of presidential candidates contesting the 2019 election and their details .

President Muhammadu Buhari will be seeking a second term on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The President , a former military ruler , had claimed in his details published by INEC that his credentials were with the Secretary of the Military Board .

Since the claim was made public , it has been generating controversy the same way it did when Buhari made the same claim ahead of the 2015 presidential election which he won . Some of his supporters had at the time said even if he presented “ NEPA bill ” in lieu of credentials , they would still vote for him against the then President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party.

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Jonathan lost that election to Buhari . But in the 2019 election , Buhari ’ s main challenger is former Vice – President Atiku Abubakar of the PDP .

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