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INEC boss, Yakubu, is Wike’s “boy”, executing his electoral bidding in Rivers

Nominated for appointment by a member of Tinubu's camp

A former Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has jabbed the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for carrying out the political agenda of Rivers Gov. Nyesom Wike by giving him a “carte blanche” in Saturday’s state governorship and assembly polls.

Labelling Yakubu as a lackey of Wike, Amaechi said the INEC boss will continue to work for Wike having served under him as Executive Secretary of TETFUND.

Amaechi also recalled that Yakubu was nominated for appointment by a member of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s camp.

“There are those of us who opposed the reappointment of Mahmood Yakubu. The person who nominated him for appointment is a member of Tinubu’s camp.

“So what are you expecting? Success? Here in Rivers State Mahmood worked under Wike as Executive Secretary of TETFUND,” Persecondnews quotes the former minister as saying in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers capital.



“So what you are having in Rivers is that APC, SDP and others are contesting election not against PDP but against INEC, against the police,” Amaechi said.

Persecondnews recalls that Wike began his political career as the Executive Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government Area in Rivers in 1999, a position he held until 2007, after being re-elected in 2003.

Wike was appointed as the Chief of Staff to the then Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi and in July 2011, he was appointed as the Minister of State for Education by President Goodluck Jonathan and was promoted to Federal Minister of Education in September 2013.

He later resigned as Minister to contest the 2015 gubernatorial elections.

According to Wikipedia, On 13 May 2015, the Election Tribunal for Rivers State, sitting in Abuja, commenced the hearing on the election of Wike.

Dr Dakuku Peterside of the APC was asking the tribunal to nullify the election of Nyesom Wike of the PDP who was declared winner as governor in the poll held on 11 April 2015, on the grounds that it was fraught with malpractices and non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.


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