The Coalition of United Political Parties on Saturday alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to suspend the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission , Mahmood Yakubu .Ugochinyere claimed the President was planning to name a National Commissioner , Amina Zakari , as the Acting Chairman , citing her experience as the oldest and most experienced National Commissioner .
Ugochinyere said , “ The President is planning to use the excuse of inability to hold election today ( Saturday) as a reason for the imminent suspension .
“ Feigning ignorance of the real reasons behind the shift, the President in his earlier statement today did not have just a word for the shameful and despicable actions of security forces and the Central Bank ’ s staff who , in obedience to Presidency ’ s directives , deliberately sabotaged the distribution of sensitive materials in selected states .
“ We are aware that his hurried return to Abuja today from his home state , Katsina, is to sack the INEC boss . But this should be resisted by all well – meaning Nigerians and the international community .
“ The sin of the INEC chairman is that he refused to conduct staggered elections that will allow the President and his men to manipulate the process .
“ The Presidency had mounted pressure on the Commission to conduct election today in states where there were no issues and postpone only the states with materials distribution issues .
“ The INEC chairman insisted on conducting the election at the same time , hence warranting the postponement of the entire election .
“ We hereby warn President Buhari that the position of the INEC chairman is independent , hence , he cannot be removed from office via suspension .
“ The 1999 Constitution in Section 157 ( 1 ) states that the chairman and members of the Commission may only be removed by the President acting on an address supported by two – thirds majority of the Senate that the person be removed for inability to discharge the functions of the office ( whether arising from infirmity of mind or body or any other cause ) or for misconduct
“ We are aware that the government itself sabotaged INEC distribution of materials .
“ We are warning that any attempt to sack or suspend the INEC chairman will only lead to electoral and constitutional crisis . The nation is still grappling with the illegality and unconstitutionality of the removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“ If the President has ears , let him hear. ”