Resign as party chairman before asking INEC chair to: Shittu slams Oshiomole

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Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications has reacted to calls for resignation of INEC Boss, Yakubu Mahmood,  spearheaded by Adams Oshiomhole, stating that the former Edo State Governor must first resign as APC Chairman before asking the INEC boss to. 

The Minister of Communications, who was disqualified from contesting in the APC gubernatorial primaries for not having an NYSC certificate, spoke on Monday, February 18, with reporters at his Ibadan residence on the rescheduling of the general elections.

He urged Nigerians to give the INEC chairman a benefit of doubt. According to him, if the INEC Chairman resigns, it would affect the conduct of the rescheduled general elections on Saturday, February 23.

“When Oshiomhole supervised a horrible primaries elections of the party, who called for his resignation? I will not support such call for resignation of the INEC chairman. To err is human. We have not seen any political motivation as to what has happened in INEC. If Oshiomhole calls for the resignation of the INEC chairman, he should also be preparing to resign as chairman. Did anybody ask him to resign for the horrible management of primary elections under his watch?

“This is the first election that Professor Yakubu will be conducting, so we need to give him the benefit of doubt and I will advise that all the political parties be vigilant. ‘If you bring in another chairman, when does such person begin to learn the process? Or will you on the bases of that call for another rescheduling of the elections? Certainly, it is unacceptable for anyone to ask for the resignation of INEC chairman,” he said.

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